Transporter bridges were most popular in France, where five were erected and another was partially completed. However, the United Kingdom has the largest number of transporter bridges today with four, though one is not currently in use.
The Newport Transporter Bridge was built in 1906 across the River Usk in Newport. Because the river banks are very low at the crossing point (a few miles south of the city centre) a traditional bridge would need a very long approach ramp and a ferry could not be used at low tide. The Newport bridge was a Ferdinand Arnodin design.
The only other such bridge in the UK is the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge. When the latter featured in the 2002 series of the popular British TV show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, people flocked to the area to check that the bridge was still there.
In the United States, two such bridges were built. The first was the Aerial Bridge built in Duluth, Minnesota in 1905, although the city had originally planned to build a vertical lift bridge at the site. The transporter design was used for about 25 years before the structure was reconfigured to lift a central span in 1930.
The second American transporter bridge was different from other designs and partially resembled gondola lifts used in mountainous regions. The Sky Ride was part of the 1933–34 Chicago World's Fair ("Century of Progress"), it was taken down after standing for just two years. However, it was the longest bridge of this type ever built at the time.
Two transporter bridges exist in Germany, in Rendsburg and Osten (Oste). One unique example is the bridge at Rendsburg, which is actually two bridges in one. A railroad link crosses high above on the top span, and the suspended ferry carries traffic on the valley floor.
|Aerial Lift Bridge||Duluth, Minnesota, USA||1905||120 m||converted into a lift bridge in 1929, in use|
|Bizerta/Brest Transporter Bridge||Bizerta, Tunisia||1898||109 m||moved to Brest, France in 1909, damaged 1944, demolished 1947|
|Bordeaux Transporter Bridge||Bordeaux, France||—|| 400 m|
|started 1910 but never completed, demolished 1942|
|Kiel Transporter Bridge||Kiel, Germany||1910||128 m||demolished 1923|
|Marseille Transporter Bridge||Marseille, France||1905||165 m||destroyed 1944|
|Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge||Middlesbrough, United Kingdom||1911||177 m||in use|
|Nantes Transporter Bridge||Nantes, France||1903||141 m||demolished 1958|
|Newport Transporter Bridge||Newport, United Kingdom||1906||181 m||in use|
|Osten Transporter Bridge||Osten, Germany||1909||80 m||in use|
|Vizcaya Bridge||Portugalete, Spain||1893||164 m||in use|
|Puente Transbordador||Buenos Aires, Argentina||1914||?||Still in place but disused since 1947|
|Rendsburg High Bridge||Rendsburg, Germany||1913||140 m||in use, combo railroad/transporter bridge|
|Rio de Janeiro Transporter Bridge||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||1915||171 m||demolished 1935|
|Rochefort-Martrou Transporter Bridge||Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France||1900||140 m||in use|
|Rouen Transporter Bridge||Rouen, France||1898||142 m||destroyed 1940|
|Royal Victoria Dock Bridge||London, United Kingdom||1998||128 m||in use, but not yet a transporter bridge.|
|Sky Ride||Chicago, Illinois, USA||1933||564 m||demolished 1934|
|Stalingrad Transporter Bridge||Volgograd, Russia||1955||874 m||demolished|
|Warrington Transporter Bridge||Warrington, United Kingdom||1916||57 m||disused, listed as an "ancient monument", but still at risk|
|Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge||Widnes-Runcorn, United Kingdom||1905||304 m||demolished 1961|
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