Tram 11 at Black Lake
Midland Metro tram 11 was re-painted into a version of the Birmingham Corporation tram livery in August 2013. It's not, in my view, a livery that suited the vehicle, although it was nice to see one that wasn't a mobile billboard. Here it is approaching Black Lake for Wolverhampton at 16:45 on Friday 18th April 2014. Number 11 has just passed under Bilhay Lane road bridge. The tram tracks here follow the path of the GWR route towards Wednesbury, passing under the left-hand bridge span as you look south. On the right are two further spans, the middle one was used for the branch to Great Bridge, which joined the South Staffs railway at Horseley Fields Jct and eventually led to Dudley Port and Dudley. The right-hand span was used by the connection into Swan Village gas works. The earlier track layout at Swan Village is nicely illustrated by the map on this Industrial Railway Society page. This view is seen from a spot which would once have been at the south end of the Wolverhampton platform at Swan Village station.