January 1982 Floods and the Donnybrook Kojonup line

 
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA

A spin off to my recent where is it photo, there is this sign near the Asplin Bridge.  Its hard to imagine the river being that high.  I read on the net that a number of bridges were washed away in that flood (caused by the remains of a cyclone from the Pilbara).  There is the remains of a bridge just north of the road bridge.  Could this be the remains of an old road bridge washed away in the flood?

And about the line in general, does anyone know much about the history of this line?  Apparently one of the reasons it was closed was due to frequent flood damage.




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  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Whereabouts is this?
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
East of Boyup Brook
  SKVT Junior Train Controller

Location: Iapetus

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And about the line in general, does anyone know much about the history of this line? Apparently one of the reasons it was closed was due to frequent flood damage.

A brief history of the line apperaed in the Westland about 15 years ago.

The line was on its last legs by the time of the 82 floods. The Asplin bridges had been damaged in the Alby floods of early 78 and the repair work took many months. Trains from Kattanning terminated at Asplin and trains from Picton terminated at Boyup Brook. When the bridges were reopened there was a vibe that the line would not last. At the time Westrail was purging itself of uneconomic class 5 lines, (ie with 11 ton axle loading) either by upgrading or closing. them. Boyup Brook -Kattanning was a class 5 line and, the cream of other traffic having gone to subsidised road competition, the only way that a case could have been made to the pollies at the line was to demonstate that there was sufficent grain and super traffic moving along the line. Had Bunbury remained open as a grain port the three bins at Boyup, Qualeup and Kojonup could probably have shipped enough grain to justify keeping the line open, however, when the decision was made to close Bunbury it effectively killed the line east of Boyup. The line becam seseasonal in 1981, and had it not been for the 82 floods it may have lingered another year or two. Unfortuntely, the 82 floods damaged the formation between Muradup and Kojonup (as I recall) which provided the excuse to close it. A tour to Muradup was mooted using the LLRPS rolling stock but canned when Westrail refused to guarantee the safety of the train, which is not surprising. The perway was so bad during the last years of the lines life that derailments were not uncommon, including a bingle when the track gave up trying to cope with the dynamics of two gyarating rigid base Crossleys.

  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
Thanks SKVT.  Was the Asplin bridge damaged in the 82 floods?  The water would have been about 2-3 metres above the bridge.  Also, a look at Google maps shows another bridge across the Blackwood between Asplin and Boyup Brook.  I was unable to get to it without walking several km.  Does anyone have photos of that bridge?
  GSRailway Chief Train Controller

Location: Western Australia

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I have a little information regarding the Railway.
I have seen photographs of the GSR flooding the water was up to part of the roof of the old CBH
Regards Daryle

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle



Thanks SKVT. Was the Asplin bridge damaged in the 82 floods? The water would have been about 2-3 metres above the bridge. Also, a look at Google maps shows another bridge across the Blackwood between Asplin and Boyup Brook. I was unable to get to it without walking several km. Does anyone have photos of that bridge?

"Kafoopsy"


I assume you mean the one close to Boyup Brook? You may be able to drive in from here (looks like an old road reserve).

There's another quite close to the road before Asplin Siding and that should be a short walk.

  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
Thanks, Dr Waddles.  I'll try that next time I am down there.  I drove back along the siding road but I didn't have much time and you can't see the bridge (or even the river) from the road.
  GSRailway Chief Train Controller

Location: Western Australia
The bridge is on the Boyup side of Asplin it is geting hard to see.
A bit over grown it crosses a creek next to the Blackwood river.
I did a drive through that area two weeks ago.
Cheers Daryle
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
This one?
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
I'm thinking more of the two bridges across the Blackwood itself between Asplin and Boyup Brook.  They are both west of that location, drwaddles.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring

This bridge was a little east of Boyup Brook.  Even by 1986 it had been dismantled.

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  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Probably the bridge over the Blackwood River close to town?
http://goo.gl/maps/88aod

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