Old railway bridge at Gundagai

John Vandeven

Albury, Australia

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This was taken at Gundagai and is a disused railway bridge.

Gundagai is a major crossing of the Murrumbidgee River by the Hume Highway to Victoria, and the Tumut branch railway. The railway reached the town in 1886.

Gundagai is a highly significant site with an excellent group of buildings and structures from the late 1880’s. In particular the relationship of the station, yard and early timber road and rail viaducts adds to the particular significance of the area.
The timber viaducts are of very high significance because of their size, their pairing and their construction as examples of an early engineering solution to crossing a major flood plain. Their national significance is recognised by listing by the National Estate.

This viaduct is an example of timber bridge construction on a grand scale. A multi-span, high level viaduct of timber deck trusses and timber trestles, it is one of the most impressive structures in Australia. It dominates the crossing of the Murrumbidgee flood plain more so than the adjacent low level timber beam road viaduct. Its combination with the steel truss over the river makes for a unique technical juxtaposition of bridge types.

Taken with a Canon 350D

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