Croydon now has 24 trams in total and passenger numbers are far in excess of original forecasts.
As well as the new trams there are schemes being implemented to increase track capacity, as there are many stretches of single track sections. A new passing loop has just been opened on the approach to Elmers End and on our journey there this new loop was used by a tram which had been following closely.
|The first of the new trams seen when we arrived was 2554 which is carrying an overall advertising livery|
|New and old seen at West Croydon Station|
| 2558 at East Croydon Station. The numbering of the new trams has followed on|
from the system used for the previous trams.
|We decided to take a trip on 2557 and boarded at East Croydon Station|
| A small ramped area of the platform has been constructed at East Croydon tram stop |
to enable disabled access where the platform slopes slightly
|Interiors are attractive and the floors level throughout|
|The view through the rear of 2557 showing some the street running sections en route to Elmers End|
|After the street running section the track takes the path of an old railway|
| We took a trip on 2547 from Elmers End where there is only one platform|
meaning that following trams have to wait in a newly constructed loop
| We eventually reached Wimbledon where the trams share what has become a bay platform|
for trams and also Network Rail trains that approach from the opposite direction.
See also the February posting on http://focustransport2011.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/new-croydon-trams.html