Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Eight - Pre-Victorian to the present day - more aspects - Cardiff, Penarth and Environs - [vintage photo and postcard album] . . .

The Transporter, Newport, Mon.

A postcard view of 'The Transporter, Newport, Mon.' Unusually the card is not postmarked and is undated but has the following handwritten text:-

'This is a fairly old picture of the Bridge but it is exactly the same today as when it was built and the district is the same. You will see a ship moored to the jetty of the Fuel Works. This fuel is a mixture of coal and pitch all mixed up and compressed into bricks. The road in the centre is Brunel Street which leads to Alexandra Rd. The row of houses near all the coal trucks on the right is in one part of Mill Parade so you will see, I live quite near this bridge. . . P. Griffiths'

The postcard is one of the Philco Series No. 4054 and of British Manufacture! Another fine postcard from the Penarth Dock Collection. When I was living in the South Wales area, I walked over the top decking of the bridge after the long climb up the stairway; a somewhat sobering experience especially as the gondola is passing underneath suspended from wire ropes from a moving trolley at the same level as you. [001]

The Newport Transporter Bridge
Another fine postcard period view entitled 'The Car - Transporter Bridge. Newport Mon. Carry 500 Persons.' The bridge was opened in 1906 being the work of engineers Haynes and Arnodin. The contractors were Alfred Thorne of Westminster. The main span is 645 feet (197m) and the structure, being only one of six remaining in the world, is a Grade 1 listed building. It is well worth a visit for those with an inquisitive and/or engineering mind but, I suggest, that you check that you are not sharing the gondola with 499 others, unless you swim well in murky water! [001]

transporter bridge, newport, mon.
Another postcard from the Penarth Dock Collection of the transporter bridge looking north westward. The card is a 'PhotoGloss' of Raphael Tuck posted in August 1913. I think it illustrates the scale of the Edwardian engineering masterpiece wonderfully. [001]

Transporter Bridge. Newport.
An undated photograph of the transporter bridge also indicating the sheer scale of the supporting structure complete with an empty gondola except perhaps for staff. A photograph from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [20200423]
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