The remains of the old rail trestle bridge that crosses the Curdies River at Timboon in the Otway Ranges of Victoria.

Trestle Railway Bridge
The Rail Bridge over Curdies River, Curdies Siding, Timboon, was constructed in 1892 on the Timboon-Camperdown Line by Buscombe, Chappell & Bell for the Victorian Railways. It is a single track, 31 span timber trestle bridge spanning the river and flood plain with a variety of two and four pile pier types, with and without stay piles. The trestles are constructed of large diameter timber bush poles bolted together, with sawn timber superstructure and footway, employing traditional and utilitarian bridge and wharf building techniques. The footway was removed c.1920 and the line has been discontinued.

The Rail Bridge is historically significant in that it was erected to facilitate development of the Heytesbury area, and providing a line of communication with the coastal town at Port Campbell. The railway gave access to markets for local industries, including the creamery and butter factory.

It is architecturally significant as a notable example of timber trestle bridge construction, which demonstrates a distinctive and presently rarely used construction method that utilised the best qualities of the native bush timbers. Constructed of local Heytesbury forest timber, the bridge illustrates vernacular bridge building traditions of the late nineteenth century, displaying a variety of two and four pile pier types. It is one of the few surviving railway structures of this type in Victoria.

Pentax K20D Camera.
Edited in ACDSee Pro3

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I often stand in awe and admire the beauty of God’s Creation. The colours, textures, tones and shapes,especially the way the light falls and reflects, thus revealing things often overlooked, particularly during the grandeur of a sunrise or sunset, or the spectacle of a rainbow.
I really just want to try and capture and share some of what I see as “The Creator’s Handiwork”.

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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic perspective, like the old wood texture and background details!

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful rustic image & I love the lush greenery.

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic lines,structure and details,how do you find these gems Phil ?

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Great point of view Phil. You found a wonderful angle …

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 5 years ago

    Interesting information and excellent capture, Phil!:)

  • kia3
    kia3about 5 years ago


  • Dave Moilanen
    Dave Moilanenabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful photo history Phil!!

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 5 years ago

    Lovely image and details..

  • KathyT
    KathyTabout 5 years ago

    Great POV Phil. Lots of depth.

  • Prasad
    Prasadabout 5 years ago


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