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    Default Newport Transporter Bridge (Pont Gludo Casnewydd)


    Meeting with The Winch, GoblinMerchant, Marc and Urban Fox in Reading, we powered down the M4, New Order blaring the whole way. Having reached the Severn Crossing, and paid to enter Wales (surely this should be the other way?) we parked up a short walk from the bridge, and up we climbed!



    The main deck of the bridge


    Designed by a French engineer (Ferdinand Arnodin), and opened in 1906, it is one of two transporter bridges in the UK, the other being in Middlesbrough.

    The bridge spans the river at a height of 54 metres, and the towers reach 74m. Cars cross the river without ramps, on a gondola suspended just above the water on a plethora of steel cables.



    A Grainy shot showing the gondola, 50-odd metres below.


    Having climbed to the top of the towers, Goblinmerchant and then myself made the traverse out onto the suspension cables. I can't begin to describe how this felt. 70 metres up, lying across the cables, looking down at the river below. It was thrilling, terrifying, beautiful and bonkers.



    Cable Frotting on the Newport Transporter Bridge





    Back up the cables from about half way, on the Newport Transporter Bridge



    Continuing all the way down the cables, back to the deck, I had to re-climb the tower to it's full height to retrieve my bag and tripod. I took this final snap before joining the others to mooch across to the other side and simply explore the structure...



    Newport Transporter Bridge from the top of a tower


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    Is this derelict now???
    ,,,,,,,We have no land to call our own, ,,,but surely that don't matter,,,
    ,,,use someone else's,, don't get caught,,,,,,just plough the fields and scatter :)

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    I'm more interested how you got a steady shot whilst on the cables!
    Fantastic pics and write up, you're a mentalist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Is this derelict now???
    Strictly speaking, not derelict. I don't seem to be able to post in live sites, and there isn't a high stuff section here.


    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    I'm more interested how you got a steady shot whilst on the cables!
    Fantastic pics and write up, you're a mentalist.
    Thanks. I used a manfrotto superclamp. ;)

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    Special delivery of edgework for a Ms. Ann UE

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    UBER RESPECT for this - makes my legs go weak just looking at the pics.

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    Nice one :) Love it :)

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    Thanks for sharing! Dont think I would have made it across those cables!

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    This is only down the road from me, been meaning to get to it for a while. Awesome pics and well done for climbing the cables, looks terrifying!
    ''We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time''
    T. S. Eliot

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    Rather you than me! well done
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