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Transporter bridge rebuilt in Billingham
Back garden Transporter Bridge
The Transporter Bridge rebuilt in a Billingham back garden

A Billingham granddad has built a working model of the Transporter Bridge in his back garden.

Sixty-three-year-old Bob Cody spent three and a half months completing the project.

The model, which has been made with barbecue skewers, is complete with tiny passengers, cars and a moving gondola.

He is now hoping to sell his model to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, after they helped save his nephew's life following a car crash.

Penny a trip

Bob grew up in the shadow of the Transporter Bridge and says he feels a great affection towards it:

Passnegers boarding the bridge
Passengers and a motorist wait to board the model bridge

"I was born not far away from the Transporter near Stanley Street in Middlesbrough, there used to be a big social area there.

"I lived next door to it and used to go over it for a penny.

"At least this one is working!"

Bob says he made it almost all by himself, receiving occasional help from his grandson:

"He used to pop round from school now and again," says Bob, "I showed him how to do it."

He says the moving gondola required a bit of inventive thinking.

"It's pretty clever that!

"All I did was put two loops on the top, one either side, I tied a fishing line to it from one end to the other end, so all you have to do is pull the fishing line back and forth."

Air Ambulance

Aside from barbecue skewers, Bob also used wood, screws and glue to stick it all together.

Bob Cody and his model
It took Bob three and a half months to build the model

It currently stands in his back garden, amidst a seating area Bob created out of old wardrobes.

But it wont be there forever, as he plans to sell the model to raise money for charity, after his nephew was seriously injured in a car crash.

"I want as much money as I can to go to the Air Ambulance.

"The Air Ambulance was there to save my nephew when he was in a car smash... he was hit head and was in hospital for over a year. He was in a coma," says Bob.

"They were good to me so I thought I'll donate it."




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