Manchester Oxford Road

Manchester Oxford Road is a strange place. The cramped inner-city location hemmed in by buildings on all sides makes it look like a full-sized model railway rather than a real station. Here a Trans-Pennine Express emerges from the fiddle yard between the two buildings that hide the hole in the sky

New to Manchester are the former Thameslink class 319s, now used on Liverpool to Manchester services. This is one of the liveries of the forthcoming Graham Farish model.

The other new train to be seen in the Manchester area is First Trans-Pennine’s electric class 350s used on the Manchester to Glasgow run. Unlike Northern’s former London hand-me-downs, this line gets brand-new trains.

A Northern class 150 sprinter enters from the Manchester Piccadilly direction. The platforms of the station are too short for inter-city length trains; back in the days when Virgin Trains operated between Manchester and Scotland their HSTs and Voyagers couldn’t stop because they were too loong for the model railway like platforms.

A lot of freight  passes through Oxford Road, mostly intermodal trains cannying boxes of Made-on-China goods to the vast container terminal at Trafford Park. Her’s a modellable short train made up of two pairs on Freightliner container twins. I’m guessing these wagons are returning from maintenance; quite a few of these wagons were undergoing tyre turning at Longsight.

Oxford Road is an extremely busy station, especially for its size, and sees trains from four different train operating companies. Here’s a pair a venerable class 158 Sprinters on an East Midlands Trains’ Liverpool to Norwich working.

And finally, an Arriva Trains Wales class 175 on a working from North Wales. Sometimes known as “Hippos”, they’re hardly the most attractive-looking trains on the network, but in terms of passenge environment they’re one of the better modern units.

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2 Responses to Manchester Oxford Road

  1. PaulE says:

    A set of photos that clearly show that the photographer needs to be several feet away from the platform edge to get a good shot – even for a train on the opposite platform. So why do some nutters risk their lives leaning out from the edge just to get a bad shot ? E.g. recently for the Flying Scotsman. Are cr@p pictures of steam engines in short supply ?

  2. Tim Hall says:

    In the news today The Flying Scotsman’s trip to Norwich has been cancelled as a health and safety risk because it was deemed too difficult to keep trespassers off the tracks. Discussion on Twitter today suggests that’s a consequence of the BTP not taking strong enough action against the numpties at St Neots a few weeks ago.

    One big difference was with everyday trains on a Monday morning, I more or less had the whole station to myself; it wasn’t a case of 200 photographers all getting in other’s way like the photo pit for Anneke van Giersbergen at The Garage….