Wairewa trestle bridge destroyed

 
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
Due to bushfire activity in East Gippsland (Vic) the Wairewa trestle bridge, east of Nowa Nowa on the defunct Bairnsdale - Orbost line has been destroyed. Please note that the more significant trestle over Stony Creek west of Nowa Nowa has not been impacted.

Facebook link to ABC Gippsland: https://www.facebook.com/ABCGippsland/posts/10157276253079825?hc_location=ufi

There are other pics on Gippsland History fb page but it is a closed group.

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  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Due to bushfire activity in East Gippsland (Vic) the Wairewa trestle bridge, east of Nowa Nowa on the defunct Bairnsdale - Orbost line has been destroyed. Please note that the more significant trestle over Stony Creek west of Nowa Nowa has not been impacted.

Facebook link to ABC Gippsland: https://www.facebook.com/ABCGippsland/posts/10157276253079825?hc_location=ufi

There are other pics on Gippsland History fb page but it is a closed group.
DirtyBallast
I can bring news that while the bridge has suffered significant damage, i can report as of late yesterday, about 2/3-3/4 of the bridge has survived, having burnt about 20-30 meters at the Up end. For those that have facebook this shows some more recent photos/video than this. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2534363153553093&id=100009382982989

There is a chance the bridge here will e declared unsafe in it's current state and pulled down compleatly as well. wont know that for a while. Whats left of the wooden bridges on the line are 100+ years old, and are showing their age. Without rectification works, they will be all gone in the next 20 or less years anyways.

This is all very much not over yet, and there's a high chance that Stony Creek will come under threat over the comming days. I would expect what was left of the bridge at wisleigh, just out of bruthen, and possibly the bridge over boggy creek in Nowa Nowa has been impacted as well. A number of bridges between nowa nowa and orbost where lost in fires a few years ago. There's only a handfull left.
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

The old bridge gangers maintained that the timber bridges would survive a fire, until the decking caught. They would then seem to burn top down, confounding those of us who think fires burn upwards. These scenes indicate the truth in those old guys ideas.

It is always sad to see those old bridges go; the gangers would get quite emotional when they spoke about them, as if they were living beings. The Orbost line bridges were famous for getting better with age. The bridge engineer would inspect them, condemn several piles, and go away for another three years. The next time through the piles would be beautifully sound. The mystery was that they had no funding for timbers, only for wages, sundries and fuel. The rumours were that these guys would go through the forest, illegally fell a tree, dress it and insert.

When the Orbost line closed, the gangers were snapped up by the sawmills and logging operations, as they were well known through the area for their good work ethic and training. I was always quite pleased they did all right, too; they earned it; the line would have closed years earlier without their hard work.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Work ethic, loyalty, conscientiousness and dedication were priceless and therefore of no value in privatisation.Sad
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Thankfully only 2/3 thirds of this bridge burnt down. Better than completely being burnt to the ground as hospital creek was a years ago but alas still sad to see.

  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
How did the rest of the bridge survive?  It looks a bit like some of the piles have been sawn down. Did a fire crew cut down some piles between the burning and unbunt sections to save it from complete destruction?
Sadly, the old timber truss road bridge at Genoa has been destroyed too. One of few that I have not seen. Apparently there are only five timber truss road bridges left in Victoria. One of these days I will have to visit and check them out, along with the Stony Creek Trestle.

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