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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Bridge over Simpsons Lane - Lilydale to Healesville Line

I should amend that title, it is not a bridge, but a concrete culvert. It would seem that if you run a 'Heritage Railway' you do not have any obligation to preserve the heritage part of it. 

There was once a quite respectable wooden trestle bridge across Simpsons Lane, but it has now been replaced by a bog ugly concrete culvert and fill on either side. When David Foulkes and I inspected the wooden bridge, just after the disastrous fires, the only damage to the bridge was a single burnt out pile. I would have thought that would have been a reasonably easy repair rto make. The bridge was lucky to have survived, because the fire burnt out all the wooden sleepers on the Healesville side of the bridge. Even at that time, Simpsons Lane bypassed the bridge, now the culvert seems to simply be there as a drainage measure. 

Anyhow, this is how it looked then.

This is the ugly scene these days. Very disappointing. 

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