Building Bridges...

by Jack Mathews November. 11, 2019 358 views

A few weeks ago I visited the Newport Transporter Bridge. I was absolutely astounded by the 112 year old structure that stood before me.

Touch the sky...

Touch the sky...

Back in the year of 1900 Newport was expanding rapidly and the port was an incredibly busy place. Before the bridge was constructed workers faced a four mile detour to cross the river and although there were ferries these were impractical due to frequent changes in the tide.

The councilors of Newport knew that a solution was needed so in 1900 a plan was put forward to build the bridge which was inspired by a similar design in Rouen, France. This design was chosen so that tall ships could still use the river so offered both accessibility and practicality.

The Transport Bridge consists of a single Gondola which is powered by two 35 horsepower motors.

The smell in this room was incredible...

The smell in this room was incredible...

If you are visiting the bridge today you can climb it's impressive towering staircase and walk across to the other side and catch the gondola back. The view of Newport is impressive!

The bridge spans an impressive 645 feet in length and from the top of the tower to water mark is 242 feet. I can only imagine that this must have been such a strange spectacle when it first opened back in 1906.

Looooong walk....

Looooong walk....

The thickness of these steel cables is reassuring to say the least...

The thickness of these steel cables is reassuring to say the least...

As you can probably tell I had a LOT of photos to choose from for this blog. If you want to learn some more about this amazing bridge you can do so here -> http://www.newport.gov.uk/heritage/Transporter-Bridge/Transporter-Bridge.aspx

Thanks for reading :)

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Edgar Thielsch 3 weeks, 6 days ago

It's one of the miracles of technology, a milestone of its age!
Thanks for this tour :)

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Jack Mathews Replied to Edgar Thielsch 3 weeks, 4 days ago

My pleasure :) thanks for reading!

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