Bridges in the spot­light

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

THE North Bur­nett’s iconic net­work of her­itage rail­way bridges is being high­lighted on a new in­for­ma­tion map show­cas­ing the his­tory and lo­ca­tion of each unique bridge.

Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Trail pres­i­dent Mike Goebel helped spear­head the project, along with mem­bers of the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

“The North Bur­nett com­mu­nity had the priv­i­lege of wel­com­ing En­gi­neer­ing Aus­tralia to present an in­ter­pre­ta­tive panel de­pict­ing our iconic rail­way bridges.”

The net­work of bridges runs from Degilbo to Mun­dub­bera and in­cor­po­rates a dozen


“The bridges were built as part of a stim­u­lus pack­age from 1905 un­til 1914,” Mr Goebel said.

“The chief en­gi­neer at the time wasWil­liam Pa­gan and he en­cour­aged his en­gi­neers to do in­di­vid­ual de­signs for each bridge.”

This gave the rail lines a unique flavour as a com­bi­na­tion of six sep­a­rate de­signs were ul­ti­mately used.

They in­clude steel box gird­ers, lat­tice trusses, fish belly trusses (up­side down de­sign), riv­eted lat­tices trusses, an early ex­am­ple of re­in­forced con­crete and an un­re­in­forced con­crete struc­ture.

The in­ter­pre­ta­tive panel in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on each of the bridges, in­clud­ing a map on how to get to them.

“The in­ter­pre­ta­tive panel can be viewed at the Gayn­dah Rail­way Sta­tion and at lo­ca­tions in Mun­dub­bera, Degilbo and Biggen­den and will be ac­ces­si­ble at all times,” Mr Goebel said.

“The pur­pose of this project is to raise aware­ness for our iconic and unique en­gi­neer­ing her­itage.

“One of the en­gi­neer­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives said the iconic rail­way bridges, along with the re­tained tim­ber tres­tle bridges, rep­re­sented the best col­lec­tion of rail­way bridges in Aus­tralia.”

HIS­TORY: Humphrey Bridge in the North Bur­nett.

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