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Newport Vertical Lift Bridge!!!

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This superb bridge served the needs of the Tees-side region until the early 1970s, carrying the main thrust of traffic across the river Tees.

Eventually a new high level bridge was constructed to speed up the traffic and free the ever increasing congestion at Newport bridge.

When the bridge was built in the 1930's, there were several shipyards building 10'000 tonne, steel ships, up-river from here.

This, of course dictated that the Newport bridge would have to be designed to allow the passage of these new ships from the yards.

The whole structure between the girder style columns was designed to lift in a vertical direction by means of massive winches driven by powerful electric motors under the control of a skilled bridge-man.

This river traffic dwindled to a slow but inevitable end when ship-building ceased in the 1960's. However, the bridge continued to be kept ready for river traffic to comply with the law.

It took an act of parliament to give consent to allow the bridge owners to modify the construction of the bridge to permanently fix it so that it can never be lifted again.

Following this permanent fixing of the structure, it was no longer necessary to carry out the extremely costly maintenance of the winching system and it gave the bridge a new lease of life.

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Luca Rigato on May 24, 2011

Beautiful bridge capture. Like

John de Crom on May 27, 2011

Hi.Jim very nice and good picture LIKE. Greetings from Holland John.

Dezso Biczo © on May 30, 2011

Very good picture! - LIKE - Dezső / HUNGARY

Yuliya S. on June 8, 2011

Very beautiful view ● Kind regards ♥ Yuliya

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 9, 2011

Puna~~~~As always, your visit and appreciation is most welcome Anand ;>)

tmoj_Thanks for your fulsome comment _Timo..HDR is not a strong point with me..You are unlikely to see too much of it in the future! However, I do prefer strong colours...

cristian andrei~~~Of course, how we perceive colour form and light is entirely subjective and on a personal note, I like colourful images! Your affirmation is much appreciated!"

© KennyW~~~I should eat my words Kenny..I've enjoyed many a fine day along the banks of the Tees! Mind you, I remember well, during my apprenticeship at ICI Wilton, on a fine warm summers day, watching in awe, as pink snow fell from the sky and created a whole new future, which had little to do with ORANGE! Enter a new and deadlier form of air born pollution! Needless to say, the incident never made the headlines! As for the A19 view, I've seen it and agree! Thanks for your interesting feedback!

J-mckinna~~~~I'm delighted it caught your eye Jim..My quest is to post photos that I enjoy and hope other viewers find them interesting...I welcome and encourage all comment..just as long as it is constructive!! and thankfully, most of it is!

top spotter~~~~Thanks Alen ;) The local authority kept this bridge fully maintained throughout its life until around the mid nineties when river traffic eventually ceased...The structure is permanently fixed, never to be lifted again!

manfrezo-----Great comment Manfred, I'm glad you liked it!

©junebug----A very warm welcome Anne, how nice to see you here again, I'm happy you liked this photo!

Denise Gregory~~~~For many years of my working life, this was also my "neck of the woods" too..In amongst all that industry lies a hidden treasure...and these river banks are richly endowed!

Sigh-Beginnings~~~~~I'll leave them both on for the time being Si, but eventually the other will be dropped!

BritPlom-----Francois ;) Good to see you and thanks for the conformation!

Neil Grimwood~~~Hiya Neil ;) I'm middlin' rather than diddlin' but hey, I awoke to another brand new day with a zest to live and enjoy..and that's what matters! I'm grateful for your input Neil, I'm no different to others here and your opinions matter! Sometimes, my desire to colourise my photos gets out of hand..and the HDR only serves to tempt my weakness.

i AM zAi~~~~~Hello Zai ;>) I hope all is well with you..I keep checking out your gallery in the hope of seeing your latest shots..I guess you must have more pressing things on your mind just now!

JoelleGiannoni~~~~~It's always a pleasure to read your interesting comments Joelle_....This is my preference too!

Gabor Retei~~~~~I greet you warmly Gabe, many thanks for your good comment!

Paula K~~~~~As Kenny mentioned below, you are referring to the winding house where the Bridgeman would operate the winch controls to lift this huge structure. The building would have housed the two massive electric motors, gearboxes and synchronising controls..It would be a noisy place in which to work during the lifting operation! For many years, the bridge was lifted twice a week for test purposes only..Rarely did any river traffic pass through it! Not since the mid 1970's !

© KennyW~~~Thanks for helping out there....Interestingly, my father, who was the bridge yard foreman at Dorman & Long Bridge Building Company, Middlesbrough, helped to manufacture many of the beams and ties that form the main structure of this bridge! He was also involved in the manufacture of that well known icon, the Sydney harbour bridge,..a fact he was very proud of!

Denise Gregory~~I think that Kenny missed your question there "Billy Lass"

Diggory Venn~~~~It's a pleasure to see you here Digg..Thanks for your nice comment!

Scarulu16~~~~~I commend your enthusiasm Scarulu, Keeping fit is important in your line of work..I often wonder where your journeys have taken you!! I enjoyed your feedback, thanks!

John J. Slovinec, Sr~~~~I'm finally getting through my mail-box John..Thanks for your patience and nice compliment!

Luca Rigato~~~Hello Luca.....The structure is a local icon but is now decommissioned as a lift bridge..However, the other antiquated bridge across the river Tees PHOTO BY SAMSALT is still in full use!

John de Crom~~Hello John I greet you warmly..Thanks for your kind comment!

Dezső Biczó~~~~Thanks a lot Dezső, I'm glad you like it!

Yuliya S.~~~You are most welcome..I appreciate your good comment!

To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements and for taking the time to look!

Kind regards :)


Laurentiu Mitu on June 9, 2011

Wow what a great design, like!!!

Buts Yuri on June 10, 2011

Wonderful landscape! LIKE-24! Greetings from Ukraine. Yuri.

mescat on July 8, 2014

Nice photo!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 14, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: PENTAX PENTAX K-7
    • Taken on 2011/05/12 14:10:52
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/180)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 2.00 EV
    • No flash