Railway Archaeology: where is it? #2

 
  michinyon Chief Commissioner

It sure looks like it on Google Earth.

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  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Casino.  Bruxner Highway perhaps just west of town.

5915
"5915"


Yep - it's Black Gully bridge about 2 miles west of Casino.

According to the August 1940 edition of Main Roads:

Black Gully Bridge at 1 mile west of Casino has been constructed on piers erected by the Railway Department when the Casino-Bonalbo railway works were in progress


Interestingly, when the reconstruction of the Casino-Tabulam section of what is now Bruxner Highway was being planned in the 1930s, consideration was given to utilising the railway formation for the first 10 miles or so. However, the cost of widening the cuttings was prohibitive and the existing road alignment was generally adhered to.

Over to you 5915.
  5915 Chief Commissioner

Thankyou.  I would not have got it without the second photo showing a familiar skyline in the background.

Open floor.

5915
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public


nice old bridge with rails on it
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Near Kingaroy perhaps.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
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Reposted in bigimg tags so I can see it…

It does remind me of a bridge you see on your left as you leave Wondai on Burnett Highway...
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
warm but no, its about  30min drive from highway 1
  michinyon Chief Commissioner

Spring Ridge
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
no its not spring ridge, its in middle queenslandish
  5915 Chief Commissioner

Woolooga?

5915
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
no that is too far south
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
North of Rocky,out around Yamba?

  RAYMOND
  jibbonpoint Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
Mt Morgan? (BTW Bronwyn Rodo had a guess Smile  Kingaroy.)
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
no its not kingaroy, no not north of Rockhampton.

ooh could be mt mogan district but where?
  Shawy Chief Train Controller

Bewteen Calliope and Taragoola?
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
no not between Calliope and Taragoola.
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public


the view from goole maps street view looking across the bridge. sory its a bit fuzzy.
  Chufffa Locomotive Fireman

Anyone out there know yet? Its very quiet here.
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
i think everyone is away on holiday.
  Shawy Chief Train Controller

I think more likely is that no-one has a clue!

The hints provided so far suggest north of the line from Maryborough to Monto, (or at least the southern reach of that line) but south of Rockhampton, as well as being within a half hour drive of the Bruce Highway. We know it's not at Kingaroy (but could be on the Kingaroy line), not between Taragoola and Calliope (but maybe on that line to Monto) and a tantalising hint it could be around Mount Morgan. But the bridge itself looks to be in good repair and may even still be in regular use, which suggests it's not the Mount Morgan line itself - which in any event is probably more than half an hour from the Bruce Highway. It also has to be close enough to a major road to allow a Google street view to be possible.

So where is it? I have no real idea, and don't have the time or inclination to Google every line looking for this bridge, but my guess is somewhere on the line to Kingaroy or either of the lines to Monto.

Further hints may well be needed!

Alan
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
yes i think this one was a bit cryptic. you can't actually see it very well from the road and when i walked down on my visit to see the bridge i was absolutely stunned to see how good a condition it was in. yes it has rails on it and they run for several km but they don't go anywhere at either end. although they have been used in recent years. it has been interesting some of the comments about the bridge.

this is the next bridge on the line which should give it away.
  Shawy Chief Train Controller

OK, well I reckon that IS Mount Morgan after all. If you want to be very specific, and after a quick look at Google maps, I'd say you were on the other side of the Dee River.

Alan
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

Definately south of Mt Morgan, Google Street View pic is 2 Usher St, Mt Morgan. GPS coordinates of bridge are S23 38.992 E150 22.575
Bridge is not over the Dee River, but a small creek that leads into it. And Bronwyns pic of "the next bridge over, which will give it away" isnt quite correct, as there is another bridge between the 2, at S23 39.545 E150 22.203.

Cheers
Expost
  Shawy Chief Train Controller

Yes, that's the one. And unless we are now applying a very strict interpretation of location then Jibbonpoint actually go this one a week ago!

Alan
  jibbonpoint Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
Well, I am completely ignorant (regretfully so) of that part of Australia. It was a guess entirely devoted to extracting a clue from Bronwyn as to the actual place. If I was successful in doing so then the research done by shawy & expost should be recognised with a Railpage star or two. As for me, Tonto awaits. There'll be other times, other places, in the great Railway Outdoors that await myself.

Perhaps Bronwyn, observing all that's gone before us, would place the garland at the rightfull recipient's feet.

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