Fortunately both the Purple and the Black have no scheduled "layover" at the Cathedral, so the through services (Yellow and Blue) should never be held up for more than a couple of minutes.
But it is very cleverly done.
Bear in mins as well that the \trasm Trains have to fit in with the times of proper trains via Rotherham Central.
From Cathedral to Meadowhall South, the Tram Train and the Yellow route are the same; the planners have resisted the temptation, for example, to make the Tram Train a limited stop service.
Here are some pictures to take our reader on a thumbnail trip,
You do wonder what identity will appear next?
It is almost as (as bad?) as franchised railway companies!
Soon after leaving Attercliffe tram stop ...
... the tram tracks (with yellow blobs for stations) begin to run parallel to a piece of single track "proper" railway.
The freight-only national rail line will be joined by the tram after Meadowhall South Tinsley station.
In the above picture, note the girders of the Tinsley Viaduct carrying the M1 on its top deck. Something mysterious and technologically beautiful, a railed vehicle transfiguration, will occur under those girders.
Of which more tomorrow.
Deplorable Destination Daftness
Powell's Bus, now part of the huge Hackney Community Transport empire struggles with its ability to spell. We have already met Healey ...
... instead of Heeley. But, from the same company we now have ...
... Manner Top instead of Manor Top.
A poor effort from Hakknee Cummuknity Trannspourt!