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Iconic Transportation

By YorkshireSam
A new angle on the Transporter and because of what it takes to get to this vantage point I don't think it's one that will be repeated .

Some info on what can be seen here..

The Transporter Bridge or Tees Transporter Bridge 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 simply known as the Transporter.

The Riverside Stadium is a football stadium in Middlesbrough, England, which has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since it opened in 1995. Its current capacity is 34,988 all seated, although there is provisional planning permission in place to expand that to 42,000 if required. The stadium was built to replace Ayresome Park after the Taylor Report, which required all top division football stadia to be all-seater. After the report was delivered in January 1990, Middlesbrough needed an all-seater stadium by August 1994, and were unable to expand Ayresome Park outwards owing to its location in a residential area, and expanding the stadium upwards would have limited the club to a capacity of around 20,000 seats - the club wanted a considerably larger capacity. The decision was taken by club officials to build a new stadium; Teesside Development Corporation offered them the Middlehaven site by the River Tees for development. The new 30,000 seater stadium was constructed by Taylor Woodrow Construction for £16 million, taking 32 weeks to complete after work began in the autumn of 1994. The name of the stadium was chosen by the club's fans, following a vote during the final game at Ayresome Park. The other choices available were Middlehaven Stadium, Erimus Stadium and Teesside Stadium. When first opened, the name was amended to Cellnet Riverside Stadium (and then BT Cellnet Riverside Stadium) as part of a £3 million sponsorship deal with Cellnet, but this deal ended after the 2001–02 season. The first game was played against Chelsea in front of a 28,286 crowd (the highest home attendance in 14 years) on 26 August 1995. Middlesbrough won the game 2–0, with Craig Hignett taking the honour of scoring the first ever goal at the stadium, Jan Åge Fjørtoft scoring the second. Their first season at their new stadium was also their first back in the FA Premier League following promotion after two seasons away. In their second season at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough were runners-up in both of the domestic cups but a points deduction in the league meant that they were relegated from the Premier League. In 1998 – when Middlesbrough were promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt – the capacity was increased by 5,000 by filling in the north and south west corners at a cost of £5 million. This expansion gave the stadium its current 35,000 capacity.


The River Tees in northern England rises on the eastern slope of Cross Fell in the North Pennines, and flows eastwards for 85 miles (137 km) to reach the North Sea between Hartlepool and Redcar near to Middlesbrough

The Dock Clock & Water Tower The original tower was built by John Middleton in 1847, only three sides of the clock tower have a face because they were erected by subscription and its said the businesses on the blank side didn’t want their workers clockwatching. After numerous redesigns of the docks, the current tower is said to date from around 1870, it doubled as a water tower to maintaining water pressure in the dock gates.

Temenos.. created by the artist Anish Kapoor, is a series of giant hoops and wires which float above the dockland area of Middlesbrough. It is more than 100 metres long and the hope is that it will change the image of one of Britain's bleakest industrial landscapes.

Tuxedo Royale ..TSS Dover, (later the Earl Siward, Sol Express and now the Tuxedo Royale), is a British built turbine steamship. Built in 1965 as a roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry, she spent much of her later life as a one of the permanently moored Tuxedo floating nightclubs before being stored out of use, latterly on the River Tees in Middlesbrough. TSS Dover was built on the River Tyne in England by Swan Hunter in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. She was launched on 17 March 1965 and completed by June 1965. In 1977 she was renamed Earl Siward, and again in 1982 as the Sol Express. In 1993 she became the nightclub the Tuxedo Royale. Sadly she is now in a sorry state of disrepair and can be seen listing below the bridge where she awaits a decision by her owners as to what will be her fate.

Tags: Architecture River tees Landscape and travel Middlesbrough Transporter bridge

Voters: gwynn56, RonnieAG, zapar40 and 17 more


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Comments


gwynn56 4 87 England
21 Mar 2013 2:47AM
Brilliant capture , love the reflections Smile

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
21 Mar 2013 5:16AM
Great when you manage to locate a viewpoint that no one else had managed, Sam: and it has afforded a magnificent view of the Bridge and it's riverside environs, and captured at a time when there was still some daylight left but also the night lights and reflections.
Although I had a friend who lived in Norton, Stockton, Teesside I have never visited this part of the country, but from your extensive intro I feel I now know so much more.
Ronnie.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
21 Mar 2013 7:02AM
thanks for the storyline...really helps set the scene..but what a feat of engineering Smile

super lighting
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
21 Mar 2013 9:07AM
Well timed for the natural/artificial light balance, Sam, gives some lovely reflections in the water. Excellent info as well but you didn't give your vantage point or share your difficulties Smile

Dave
YorkshireSam 6 106 3 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 9:12AM
That's true Dave I didn't, I don't want to tempt others to follow, suffice to say it was at low tide, extremely messy and slippy and I don't think I should have been where I was Wink . There is a saying though ... he who dares wins :o)

Cheers
Meheecho 3 275 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 9:43AM
Superb image and a great description too
Steve
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 10:15AM
I thought Dennis Man, Oz and the gang took this to ArizonaWinkWink
Good work!
Diane
21 Mar 2013 12:01PM
Great image and excellent information on the area
Maurice
YorkshireSam 6 106 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 3:58AM
Thank you all for the lovely commenst and votes.

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