Bridges

Spooner

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#3
Good Photo subjects the old bridges are mate , there are a few still left around.
There is one at Timboon , that I haven't had time to stop and have a good look yet .
But I have to drive under it to get to the local limestone quarry once a month to pick up bags of lime. Ive got less man 2" height clearance and a tight 45 degree turn and can just squeeze through . Will check it out better one weekend when not working .

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99pc chimpanzee

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#4
Hell yeah,got to get myself to that one at noojee,looks like the one i am thinking of on the east side of lakes entrance,about 15kms away,flamen camera packed up when i was there
Pulled my finger out and googled,its the stony creek trestle bridge at nowa nowa,its huge too
 
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rogerazz

4x4 Earth Contributer
#10
We visited the Spiky Bridge in Tassie. It's just a bridge but it's pretty cool. Built by convicts in 1843.
The bridge was made from field stones laid without mortar or cement and the parapet features field stones laid vertically, giving the bridge a spiky appearance.
It's claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides of the bridge.
The bridge is 7.5 km south of Swansea on Tasmania's East Coast, on the western side of the highway opposite the beaches of Great Oyster Bay.
Notice in last pic I sent my missus up there to compliment the "spiky bridge look" :).
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99pc chimpanzee

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#12
Wow some great shots,you never stopped being amazed do you-a spikey bridge,awesome....I get off on the opening ones that span the rivers too,the old rattlers,the one lane sleeper jobbies,you would know this one at tooleybuck
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And I thought I better take the new bridge at murray sunset national park,
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:)Hope to see your pics soon @BIGCOL
 

BIGCOL

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#14
Here goes fellas, taken from trip reports that I did at various times.

We stopped at the historic Curdies River Railway Bridge just out of Timboon. Built in 1892 with 31 spans, this enabled the railway line to cross the river and flood plain and connect the local butter and creamery factories with the coastal town of Port Campbell.







These markings on some of the timbers are of an insect infestation in the timbers prior to them being felled, not a good sign you would think as structural integrity of such timbers would be fairly important but rarely does such borers create too much of an issue. The other markings tell the builders what timber is what and where each particular member should be placed during construction.



From another report.

As we headed for our next nights camp at Peteman’s Beach in the Lake Tyres Forest Park, we took a side track and stopped at the Wayring Road Trestle Bridge. One of the largest trestle bridges still standing in the state, it really was an impressive sight towering over Jen.



On the way again I took a back track to visit what was another huge trestle bridge. The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge is in fact the largest still standing in the Victoria.









Col.

PS I'll post more soon.
 

rogerazz

4x4 Earth Contributer
#17
Recently on a trip to Nagambie I headed out towards Michelton Winery on the Heathcote- Nagambie Road. As I drove over the Goulburn I came across the derelict Chinamans Bridge. Does not look to intact anymore, what a pity.
Quote from National Trust ........
"Chinaman's Bridge is of State, and probably of National, historical and architectural significance. Opened in
1891, it is one of Victoria's oldest surviving timber road bridges, and one of very few surviving examples built
prior to 1901. It is the third longest all-timber road bridge remaining in Victoria.
It is the most intact of only two extant examples of the colonial Victorian "strut-and-straining-piece" type of
bridge derived from a traditional European design. It also retains substantial vestiges of a unique timber lift-span
constructed to accommodate river-boat traffic between Seymour and Nagambie. When built in the late
nineteenth century, it was one of a number of large "strutted-stringer" river bridges in Victoria, but was then set
apart by its unique timber lift span".
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jacnden

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#18
This beaut old bridge was on a property in the Riverina we stay on.
You can see the main uprights are made up of tree stumps, the big one has notches where boards went in to climb and cut
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Sadly it washed away in floods about 10 years ago after standing for nearly a 100 years
Great subject to bring up!
 

dno67

Well-Known Member
#19
The Sale swing bridge is worth a look if your in the area, also not a bad spot
to stop for a cuppa or a bite to eat.
There's still a few good bridges out there, I found this site while looking for bridges
a while back.
http://abandonedbutnotforgotten1.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/
A lot of the bridges on that site, are local to where I grew up and I traveled
on or over them many times as a kid.
There's even 2 pics only a few hundred meters from our current driveway. :)
 
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