A dinosaur tram has appeared on the Manchester Metrolink network

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A special dinosaur tram has appeared on the Metrolink network ahead of Dippy the Diplodocus coming to Greater Manchester next month.

The Natural History Museum’s​ most famous dinosaur, Dippy can usually be found in the museum’s Hintze Hall, where he’s been on display since 1979.

However, as part of Dippy on Tour, he will be visiting Rochdale from Monday 10th February to Sunday 28th June in what will be his only north west stop-off.

A star attraction at the Natural History Museum, Dippy was first discovered in Wyoming over a century ago.

Billed as “the most colossal animal on earth,” the 26m-long, 292-bone skeleton dinosaur ‘rock star’ was immortalised in a cast commissioned by King Edward VII and is one of only ten such casts worldwide.

For the next four months, dinosaur fans will be able to find him at Rochdale’s Number One Riverside.

A second exhibition at the Touchstones gallery will run in tandem to educate dino-lovers on his fascinating history.

Suitable for all ages, visitors here can travel back in time to when Rochdale was a swampland.

Commissioned in partnership with Metrolink, the dinosaur tram will be traveling across the network for the next 16 weeks to encourage people to use sustainable options to get to Dippy.

Council bosses hope to attract 300,000 people by the end of June.

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