Dimboola station. This great photo was taken by my son Craig

Monday, 17 September 2012

Murray Bridge

September 2012, and the Australian International Pedal Prix is on at Murray Bridge. While the thousands of kids of all ages set up for the 24 hour race, it was a time to check out Murray Bridge station.
The Murray Bridge yard is situated on the north side of the town, and the river. The actual station is on the left in the above photo, built 1915. The other large building, are the old refreshment rooms, built in the early 1880's.
The yard also contains, a 1883 station masters residence, a 1887 timber railway worker cottage and annex, four 1910 stone cottages, and two 1920's Webb era prefab-concrete cottages. A SAR Institute building, 1910 stone barracks, and more recent barracks built by AN.

1887 Timber cottage.

At the Adelaide end, is a small silo complex, and the switches to access the line down the side of the cliff to Murray Bridge wharf. The line is a bit over grown, but one can still walk along it. also situated here is an 1883Edge Moor Iron Company, USA 53ft turntable.

Wharf line down side of cliffs.

The line, not only accessed the wharf, but also another Noske Bros flour mill complex. This building is still in use, producing animal feeds, buy no longer serviced by rail. (But all the rails are still there, just covered by Bitumen. The rail access is to the left of the building.)

The line passes underneath the highway through a short tunnel and out onto the bridge, opened in 1925 Originally, the line past through as cutting (it is still there) and across, what is now the road bridge. Each of the two truss spans are 185ft in length, with the curved chord riveted span, 240ft in length. From there, across the flood plain flats, are 18, 70ft girder spans, curving to the right. Total length of 1880ft.

And for those who don't know, the above photos shows just a few of the cars just before the start of the 24 hour race.