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Electricity Pylons - 380kv Thames Crossing
I often receive emails about these pylons, as they are the tallest in the UK (at 190m tall they are even higher than the Post Office Tower). On 22 March 2008 I set out to take some photos of them to answer all the queries I receive.

First, we crossed the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge to the south side of the Thames, and then drove into Ingress Park, a housing development along the waterside. Then we moved further along the A226 until we reached an industrial estate a little further on, which gave even better views.

Three images are composites made of many photos, so if you view them at full size you will be able to see much more detail - they are worth clicking on!

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Here's a composite of the first view we had at Ingress Park, showing the QE2 bridge as well as the transmission crossing.

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Here's the bridge, with a ship just to the left. We saw two reasonably sized ships come through while we were watching.

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Here's the tower on the north bank...

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...and its twin on the south side.

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We walked a short distance until I could fit both towers in my viewfinder at once. There had recently been a high tide, judging from driftwood in the foreground.

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For more detail, here's a composite image showing the span from the same location.

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The first view from the industrial estate a little further on. The south tower was right in front of us!

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Here's another composite image. This one shows the wires coming up from a strainer on the south side, through the south tower, then the north tower (largest in the photo) and finally away via another strainer.

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In a single shot, here are both north and south towers from this viewpoint.

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Here you can see the wires leading from the south tower back to a strainer.

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That strainer in more detail...

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...and from another angle.
That concluded my trip to the Thurrock area, on a bright but windy day which went from sunny to haily on a regular basis. I hope you found these images useful.

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