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Report - Warrington Transporter Bridge - February 2012.

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Ojay, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Ojay

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    Warrington Transporter Bridge

    Ojay/Hairy Cnut they be calling Lawrence


    Some Shizzle:

    The Warrington Transporter Bridge (or Bank Quay Transporter Bridge) was opened across the tidal River Mersey in 1916

    Designed by William Henry Hunter, and built by contractor Sir William Arrol at a cost of £34,000, to conect parts of the Joseph Crosfield and Son Ltd soap and chemical works

    It was originally one of two such bridges at this location, the other having been built in 1905

    Initially it carried railway trucks up to 18 tonnes in weight but was converted for road vehicles in 1940 and upgraded to 30 tonne weight limit in 1953

    The double steel cantilevers on each tower support a central 61m (200 ft) span of riveted mild steel plates and angles

    The overall length of the structure is 103m (339 ft) and it provides 23m (76 ft) clearance at high water

    The firm of Joseph Crosfield & Sons Ltd continued to thrive and grow after his death, producing a variety of chemicals

    In 1911 it was purchased by Brunner,Mond & Company and 1919 it was absorbed into Lever Brothers

    From 1929, Crosfield was a subsidiary of Unilever

    In 1997 it was acquired by ICI and in 2001, When Ineos Capital purchased the company, the Crosfield name was finally lost as it was renamed Ineos Silicas

    The bridge is listed by English Heritage as Grade II but is currently on their Buildings at Risk Register because of its poor condition and deteriorating ironwork

    It is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The bridge is preserved under a 50 year lease in possession of Warrington Borough Council (expires 2027)

    Once up we soon discovered this bridge is somewhat of a derp and shouldn't be climbed by n00bs :D


    ..Oh wait



    This is how it should be done :p


    Eventually making it to the other side


    Double steel cantilevers

    J.jpg K.jpg

    Climbing about on here during the day is bound to attract unwanted attention, but what the hell this is how we roll



    "Get down from the bridge NOW!!!!" Hahaha

    Yes we were busted, the bloke wasn't all that bad in the end, even offered us a ride around the plant in his van..


    I accidentaly left the camera rolling :rolleyes:

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