Gondolas in the Air – The Story of Transporter Bridges is a new project which, like several of my earlier books, has grown out of frustration at not being able to find information I was looking for in any other publications. This has started me out on a journey of discovery which still has a long way to go before a book ever sees the light of day, but a fascinating journey it is turning out to be.
Transporter bridges are a legacy of the closing years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th, and served a brief but important need. The huge increase in road transport, however, quickly rendered them obsolete, and probably not more than twenty-one were ever built across the world – five of which were in Britain. Just nine still stand in their original form and, at the time of writing, only six are still in use – one each in Spain and France, and two each in Germany and the UK. Another, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been unused since the 1960s but is currently the subject of a major restoration proposal.
The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is now available from John Hannavy Publishing price £20.00 + P&P.
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