Quite a few people have been commenting that the new M5000 trams seem not to be on the Altrincham Line any more.
We’ve been doing a bit of digging and have heard the following, though it may not be correct ….
Apparently, it seems the M5000s ride very roughly once they travel over 35mph. On the Altrincham Line in order to keep time, it’s important they operate at 50mph between stations. Otherwise, this leads to lots of knock on delays.
We also hear that the clearance into platform 1 at Altrincham is such that the M5000s have to approach it very slowly and have to stop short of where the trams normally stop, otherwise they hit the platform edge.
How much of this is true, we don’t know, but it may explain why we don’t seem to see them any more.
As the older trams are more comfortable, have more seats and are less bumpy, we’re happy about that!
If you know more, please let us know.