18 Dec 12 Shaw and Crompton, between Oldham and Rochdale. Cloudy at first then sunny.
A ride on the latest extension to the Metrolink tram system which came into operation a couple of days ago, between Oldham and Shaw.
Shaw and Crompton stop.
Plenty of engineers about to make sure the points are working.
At the moment trams are terminating at Shaw.
Eventually they will continue to Rochdale.
Two trams in the turnback siding.
Shaw and Crompton stop beneath the huge Briar Mill.
Originally a cotton mill, it ceased cotton production in 1988 when it was converted for warehousing and distribution.
In the 1980s, Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah was paid £7000 to demolish Briar Mill's chimney one brick at a time.
His efforts and methods are documented in his autobiographic BBC TV series 'The Fred Dibnah Story'.
Away to Oldham.
There's only one other stop between Oldham and Shaw, here at Derker.
A tight squeeze under that bridge.
Two trams pass at Derker.
Another one heading for Shaw.
Trams travel through to St Werburgh's road in Chorlton, south Manchester.
Approaching Oldham stop through the driver's cab.