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Report - Transporter Bridge - Teesside - June 15

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by ledgehammer, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    Since very early on have wanted to do The Teesside sites, its a bit far so we scheduled a weekend to see firsthand the Teeside State of decay....

    Site 1. The transporter bridge at night... ("The tranny"?)

    We got here late at night, with the intention of sleeping in the car - we didn't think we would be able to get up either of the M'boro bridges, so when we took a look and saw the access the temptation was too much to bear...

    History>

    The Tees Transporter Bridge, often referred to as the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge or affectionately referred to as 'The Tranny', is the furthest downstream bridge across the River Tees, England. It connects Middlesbrough, on the south bank, to Port Clarence, on the north bank. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling 'car', or 'gondola', suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus. It carries the A178 Middlesbrough to Hartlepool road. Locally the bridge is often referred to simply as 'the Transporter'.

    Following a 1907 Act of Parliament the Bridge was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. of Glasgow between 1910 and 1911 to replace the 'Hugh Bell' and 'Erimus' steam ferry services.

    In December 1993, the bridge was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' highest honour, The Heritage Plaque, for engineering excellence, in recognition of the Council's efforts in keeping the bridge in good working order. Its historical importance was also recognised in 1985 by its listing as a Grade II* Listed Building and its prominence as a local landmark was further enhanced in 1993 by the installation of flood lights that operate during the winter months.

    The Tees Transporter Bridge has an overall length (including cantilevers) of 851 feet (259 m), leaving a span between the centres of the towers of 590 feet (180 m), the beam of the bridge being carried at a height of 160 feet (49 m) above the road. The bridge is the longest remaining transporter bridge in the world.


    heres a clip of the bridge in action>



    didn't get the spread of photos we wanted but still not bad>


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    Not a bad way to start the weekend.... now for a short walk to the next site....

    best...

     
    #1 ledgehammer, Jun 9, 2015
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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Good to see people are still doing it. Good effort :thumb
     
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    Love the final shot :thumb
     
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  4. Lancashire lad

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    nice one rather you than me tho ;)
     
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  5. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    This was the first and certainly the last time in Middlesborough for me :p
     
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    Kaplan Procrastinator
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    Teesside. Double S. As in; at the side of the Tees.
    Sorry, just a bugbear of mine.
     
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    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    I do hope no one tried to nick your transport!
     
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  10. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    no but we think we spotted some doggers lol
     
  11. AndyK

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    That's pretty cool! Epic POV on that first shot.
     
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