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Report - Newport Bridge, Middlesbrough, October 2011

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Renrutt, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Renrutt

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    Newport Bridge, Middlesbrough, October 2011

    It must have been an awe-inspiring sight as the steel structure, which would become the Tees Bridge (Newport) rose up above the roof tops. In the houses in and around Cannon Street and Newport Road in 1933 and 1934 the skyline had been changed dramatically as this mighty structure took shape. The bridge, is of course very much a part of our landscape today but back then it must have appeared quite astonishing to those who beheld it.

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    Opened to traffic on 28 February 1934 by the Duke of York, the Tees Newport Bridge spans the River Tees a short distance upriver from Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, linking Middlesbrough with the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, England. Designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson and built by local company Dorman Long, who have also been responsible for such structures as the Tyne Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge, it was the first large vertical lift bridge in Britain. The bridge was opened by the Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI).
    Constructed around twin 182ft (55m) lifting towers, the 270ft (82m) bridge span, weighing 2,700 tonnes, could be lifted by the use of two 325 H.P. electric motors at 52ft per minute to a maximum height of 120ft (37m). In the event of motor failure a standby 450 H.P. petrol engine could be employed to move the bridge, but should both systems fail it was possible to raise or lower the span manually using a winch mechanism. It was estimated in 1963 by Mr R. Batty, long time Bridge Master at Newport Bridge, that "it would take 12 men eight hours" to complete the movement by hand.
    Originally 12 men would have been employed to man the bridge around the clock, usually requiring four to drive it at any one time. This was accomplished from the oak-panelled winding house situated midway along the bridge span. During the 1940s and early 1950s this would occur up to twice a day with an average of 800 vessels per week passing under it,[3] however, as the number of ships needing to sail up to Stockton-on-Tees declined, so did the usage of the bridge.
    Legal requirement to lift the bridge for shipping traffic was removed in 1989 after the repeal of a parliamentary act. Before mechanical decommissioning Mr Ian MacDonald who worked on the bridge from 1966, finally as Bridge Master, supervised the final lift on 18 November 1990.





    This was my first dip into (or climb upto) exploring high stuff and I loved it. My photos didn't come out well as I'd have liked, so this is more evidence of the explore than photographic goodness, I did manage to get a few viewable shots though.


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    We tried the Transporter but found secca sleeping in his car at the base.... we didn't see him until a car came screeching past and woke him up, otherwise we would have went for it.

    Cheers for looking in :thumb
     

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