Meadowbank Rhodes Railway Bridge

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Completed in 1886, Meadowbank Rhodes Railway Bridge is amongst the oldest surviving colonial railway bridges in New South Wales.

It was constructed during a period of railway expansion overseen by Engineer-in-Chief John Whitton, known as the ‘father of New South Wales railways’.

The bridge was typical of late nineteenth century bridge construction using iron lattice girders and is an interesting example of a prefabricated structure. The parts were fabricated by Andrew Handyside and Company in Britain, shipped to Australia and then erected by local contractor Amos Bros. in 1886.

The bridge was an important part of the railway infrastructure which linked Sydney and Newcastle. Ultimately, the link connected northern New South Wales and Queensland railways to southern New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. At the time the growing railway network was seen as a symbol of the emerging federation of Australia.

The bridge was decommissioned in 1980, following the completion of the John Whitton Bridge, and in April 2000 reopened as a cycle and pedestrian path.

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Posted on October 22, 2013, in Rhodes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. During the Victorian era, Andrew Handyside & Co. of Derby and London prefabricated bridges, manufactured leterboxes, fountains and a variety of cast iron objects that were shipped all over Britain and the Empire. Many found their way here to Australia. A blog and flickr site give a glimpse of the variety of goods they produced.

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