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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Wonthaggi Branch - Bridge Number 8

Wonthaggi Branch - Bridge Number 8 at Almurta. Located 18.78km from Nyora. This is a really good find, it was easy to identify from the Google aerial images, and easy to get to and shoot, no blackberries!

Located alongside the Glen Forbes Road, you get a tantalising glimpse of it as you drive past. It is sitting in a gully of average depth and is in a moderate state of decay and disrepair. The second trestle from the South end has failed thoroughly, look at the piles, it appears to have completely sunk, leaving the longitudinal deck support sagging over that section. Like all the timber bridges in this region, the deck timbers have long gone. The local farmers know the value of good deck timbers and strip them off as soon as no-one is looking. Just as well anyway, as it perhaps dissuades anyone from walking over the bridge. This bridge has 7 openings and is approximately 50 Metres in length.

This is the view you get from the road.
A better view from the North-East quarter. The sagging crosshead is clearly visible.
A similar view from higher up.
View across the deck, from the Up end looking Down.

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