|R212||Centenary of the Tees Transporter Bridge||£15.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 17/10/2011
Issue Name: Centenary of the Tees Transporter Bridge
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 12th cover in our second rail series, we again teamed up with the ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) to celebrate a century of the magnificent Tees Transporter Bridge. Commemorate this incredible feat of British engineering with our stunning rail cover. Postmarked with a specially designed Tees Transporter Bridge postmark at Cleveland, Middlesborough on the day of the anniversary (17th October, 2011). Stunning cover photograph showing the Transporter Bridge lit up at sunset. Celebrating the centenary of a British engineering marvel.
The Tees Transporter Bridge
Opened on the 17th of October, 1911, the Transporter Bridge at Middlesborough is one of eight survivors of similar bridges built between 1893 and 1916. Prior to the age of the motor car, it represented a valid solution to the problem of providing headroom of 48.8m and a clear span of 174m to accommodate the sailing ships using the river. Designed by G.G. Imbault of Cleveland Bridge Engineering Company, Darlington, it was built by Sir William Arrol and Company Ltd. of Glasgow.
Vehicles and foot passengers are carried by means of a gondola suspended from an upper carriage that runs on rails attached to the underside fo the structure. It remains the largest of the thransporter bridges operating worldwide and provides a valuable public transport service, crossing the river in two minutes.
The Transporter Bridge has become a symbol, representing the area's past engineering achievements. It is a fine sight when illuminated and on a clear winter's night can be seen from up to eight km away. Due to its historical importance, in 1985 it was designated as a Grade II* Listed Building.
The bridge is fast becoming a tourist attraction for extreme sports events such as bungee jumping and abseiling.
Earlier this year the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6 grant for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Transporter Bridge and to celebrate its 100th birthday in October 2011.
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