Remembering the Past: Historic Bridges

Challenge #4 in the Remembering the Past series. Hosted by libertylady.
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There are many really interesting bridges in the world. In this challenge, I am not looking for covered bridges as that would be a challenge to itself. They can be beautiful or broken down but should exhibit some character. Please tell where the bridge is located and the age if you know it. You can do that in the title or description.
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Newport Lifting Bridge, Middlesbrough, U.K.
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The bridge was built in 1934 by the local Dorman Long Steel Company who also built the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The central road span is 82 metres long and weighs 2700 metric tonnes. It is suspended by cables with steel, water filled counterweights and could be lifted by 37metres in 90 seconds, to allow passage of traffic on the River Tees. Power was provided by two electric motors with a petrol engine on standby. In an emergency, amazingly, there was provision to lift the span by hand. In the immediate post war period the standby engine was a Supermarine Swift 12 cylinder engine, that was removed to power a restored WW2 M.T.B. Sadly, the last lift was in November 1990, but I was lucky enough to ride on the road deck during the lift.
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Submitted: Wednesday, 25th April, 2012 08:21 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 23rd April, 2012
Focal length: 14 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Notes: Standard kit zoom with Olympus wide angle converter
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