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The outbound track from Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester looking towards the delta junction. Surely the short sharp left-hand curve just before the points could have been extended towards the camera to create a more natural path? Every tram, however, must follow this contorted wheel-path causing the wheel flanges, even at low speeds, to steadily gouge out a potential climbing point for themselves as shown in the inset. Has traction pole location dictated the track geometry here?

The outbound track from Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester looking towards the delta junction. Surely the short sharp left-hand curve just before the points could have been extended towards the camera to create a more natural path? Every tram, however, must follow this contorted wheel-path causing the wheel flanges, even at low speeds, to steadily gouge out a potential climbing point for themselves as shown in the inset. Has traction pole location dictated the track geometry here?