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A little while ago, Kaplan mentioned to me that he really wanted to climb the Middlesbrough Transporter. Never one to pass up the opportunity of some high stuff, I said I'd be happy to accompany him. Fast forward a few weeks and we're on the A19 heading north. To be honest we probably didn't choose the best night for it as both of us were feeling under the weather. Temperatures were hovering around zero and as we drove into 'Boro it started to snow. But heading towards the river we could see the beast all lit up in front of us. There was no way we were turning back now.

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To be honest, even though the floodlights made the bridge look awesome from the ground, they really made it tricky to photograph once we were up there. Cue over/under-exposed shots and comical white balance. Thankfully, after we had been up there a while all the spotlights turned off. This made it much easier to photograph, but by this time we were getting numb from the cold so we grabbed a few shots before making our way back down. Even though the sky was quite overcast, the views were still pretty sweet from up there. Plenty of industrial landscape porn and also interesting to see the Tuxedo Royale looking slightly more afloat these days.

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After waiting out another short-lived flurry of snow, we did our best to get some shots from ground level before setting off on the long drive home. Massive thanks to Kaplan for the invite and for being designated driver. I'm so glad we made the effort to get up there and get this old-boy ticked off the list. We might have to go for the hat-trick now and do Newport and Warrington too!


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We think of those nights spent with one or more friends, nights when we merged with the shadows and could see the world with eyes that were not our own.

Whipplesnaith - The Night Climbers of Cambridge (1937)