Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Manchester Central

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Manchester Central

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Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now

THIS week it's the turn of Manchester Central - once a main railway terminal, now a leading exhibition and conference centre.

Our main image, dating from 1910, shows the building's impressive frontage and forecourt. Tram tracks are in the foreground, as they are today.

The station was built by the Cheshire Lines Committee between 1875 and 1880 and opened on July 1, 1880.

The roof is a single-span wrought iron truss 210 feet wide and 90 feet high above the train tracks.

The middle section is covered in glass with timber and slate covering the outer quarters.

Beneath the train shed is a brick undercroft with intersecting tunnel vaults which used to support six platforms above street level. …

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