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The Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge crossed the river Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal linking Runcorn and Widnes.

Completed in 1905, it was Britain's first transporter bridge and the largest of its type ever built in the world. In operational use until 1961 when it was replaced by a traditional through arch bridge (the Silver Jubilee Bridge) and was then demolished.
It linked the A 568 road on the Lancashire side with the A 533 on the Cheshire side.
The bridge was erected for the Widnes and Runcorn Bridge Company by the Arrol Bridge and Roof Company, of Glasgow, from the designs of J. J. Webster and J. T. Wood. It was completed in 1905, at a cost of £130,000 and went into service the same year. By 1911, the operating economics were so poor that it was sold to Widnes Corporation. Extensive alterations were made, mainly to the method of propulsion, and services were resumed under the ownership of the local authority in 1913.
In order to provide power for motors on the trolley a power house was built within the tower on the Widnes side. Approach roads of 98 m (320 ft) on the Widnes side and 143 m (470 ft) on the Runcorn side were built.The transporter is built on the suspension principle and is a steel structure with masonry anchorages and approaches. The towers are 58 m (190 ft) high and the span across the Mersey and the Canal is 305 m (1,000 ft), although the strengthening girder is 351 m (1,150 ft) long. The transporter car is a platform 17 m (55 ft) long and 7 m (24 ft) wide, and clears high¬water by 3.7 m (12 ft).
The delay to passengers because of the wait for the next crossing was considered a minor detail fifty years ago but today, transporter bridges are obsolescent because of increased traffic volumes. Twenty-eight men were employed on the bridge, which was operated by an electrically¬driven winch system and certified to carry a maximum load of 20 tonnes.
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Thank you terrymic........Wendy


Its an old postcard I think Wendy although I cannot date it.
The image would have been taken from a photograph.


I find this hard to tell if it is a painting or an old photograph! Wendy

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