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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2020 at 20:15
Originally posted by alpha_in_exile alpha_in_exile wrote:

Originally posted by IanC IanC wrote:


Thelwall Penny Ferry by Ian Chapman, on Flickr
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Sort of a, 'bring your own life jacket!' kind of ferry, eh?


Yes, especially if what I've read about the ferry is correct. They have been known to sink in the past!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2020 at 20:37
Nice shots again Ian, I like the bridge a lot. I only once saw the one in Newport while on business there but no time to take a photo, let alone cross it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2020 at 12:22
Thank you Pegelli. Here's a close up of the bridge which includes the lifting mechanism and the Gondola. It's fabulous engineering.

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Warrington Transporter Bridge by Ian Chapman, on Flickr

I have a friend who would like to pose some vintage vehicles outside the old post office with some re-enactors in period costume. That'll be lovely if he does.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2020 at 12:37
In an earlier post I made reference to another Warrington landmark, the Pink Eye. Here is an old picture I took of it back in 2012.

Local artist Anthony Turk painted the pink Eye in 1999 on Fairclough Mill, a former Flour mill which is 110 feet tall. It stands on the bank of the river Mersey at Sankey Bridges. The original intention was to paint a marine mural, but after a battle over planning the crying eye was the outcome. It has since become an iconic local landmark with the adjacent area known as the Pink Eye roundabout. Out of sight behind the building is another of Warrington's famous landmarks, the Transporter Bridge.


Pink Eye by Ian Chapman, on Flickr

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I never knew Warrington had a transporter bridge .
I'm over that way quite often visiting friends , though not much this year .
Odd really as looking on the map it's at the far end of the road she lives on !
I'll have to have a look for it next time I'm in the area .

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Interesting that the transporter bridge still has a gondola after so many years out of operation. The only one I have visited is the Newport one, which I have crossed by gondola and by foot - a long time ago.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2020 at 15:38
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

I never knew Warrington had a transporter bridge .
I'm over that way quite often visiting friends , though not much this year .
Odd really as looking on the map it's at the far end of the road she lives on !
I'll have to have a look for it next time I'm in the area .

It is possible to get close to the bridge, but only by foot. It is visible from the West Coast London to Glasgow railway line, but obscured from many parts of Warrington. From my knowledge the closest road to it is Liverpool Old Road where one may get some glimpses of it. A housing estate has been built nearby which may be closer. I'd be happy to take you to see it if you visit - Covid regulations permitting.

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Interesting that the transporter bridge still has a gondola after so many years out of operation. The only one I have visited is the Newport one, which I have crossed by gondola and by foot - a long time ago.

I suspect the transporter bridge was simply abandoned when it fell out of use in the 1960s. Although in poor condition a report said it could be restored.

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