The shot shows the Murray River at Tocumwal – Australia, at low tide due to winter repairs being carried out to Lake Mulwala, which is upstream at Yarrawonga.
Shown also are the two bridges which cross the river there – the closer being of concrete construction built in 1987. The further away bridge is of steel construction which was opened in 1895.
The older bridge has three spans, the centre one having an opening lift span for river-boat traffic navigation which was a major means of freight transportation through until the early 1930’s.
Initially provided for road traffic only, in 1908 it was strengthened for rail traffic, the old bridge was used for both road and rail traffic until 1987. Rail traffic still uses the old bridge.
When rail and motor vehicle traffic shared the single lane old bridge, trains had the right of way.
The concrete bridge carries car and heavy transport traffic travelling on the inland route between Melbourne and Brisbane along the Newell Highway.