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Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge (Clarendon)

  • 600495
  • Wulkuraka - Yarraman Line, Clarendon

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
21 October 1992
Type
Transport—rail: Bridge—railway
Theme
5.3 Moving goods, people and information: Using rail
Architect
Stanley, Henry Charles
Builder
Brigg, HA
Construction period
1885–1886, Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge (Clarendon) (1885 - 1886)
Historical period
1870s–1890s Late 19th century

Location

Address
Wulkuraka - Yarraman Line, Clarendon
LGA
Somerset Regional Council
Coordinates
-27.41992558, 152.53050589

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

The bridge with a half-through double x 2 lattice girder spans is one of the oldest existing metal truss bridges with Miva (1886) and Wide Bay Creek (1886), and the second extant of its type constructed in Queensland with the longest span of its type in Queensland between 1884 and 1932.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

This is one of the few major bridges on the Brisbane Valley Branch. Its design incorporating a 100 foot lattice girder span supported on timber piers is similar in concept to bridges on the original Ipswich to Toowoomba line, opened in 1867, but on which all such bridges have long been removed. Although a single timber pier has been provided to strengthen the span effectively making two spans to carry heavier loads, it still shows the original mode of construction clearly.

Criterion FThe place is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.

The bridge with a half-through double x 2 lattice girder spans is one of the oldest existing metal truss bridges with Miva (1886) and Wide Bay Creek (1886), and the second extant of its type constructed in Queensland with the longest span of its type in Queensland between 1884 and 1932.

Criterion HThe place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

The design was associated with the Chief Engineer, Henry C. Stanley.

History

The second section of the Brisbane Valley Branch from Lowood to Esk was let on contract to H. A. Brigg on 2 December 1884 for #57,821. The line was opened for traffic between Lowood and Esk on 9 August 1886.

Operating the Brisbane Valley Branch was expensive because the light standard of the line limited engines to B15 standard. As there were many heavy grades on the line, more powerful locomotives could produce substantial savings in the number of trains needed. Using Depression relief labour to reduce the cost, strengthening the line to C16 and C17 standard was completed between 1931 and 1933. In 1932 a central timber pier was added to strengthen the 100 foot lattice girder span.

In 1968 in preparation for the operation of 60 ton diesel engine locomotives in both single and multiple operation, the longitudinal members were strengthened by the addition of 6x3 inch channels along each side and 9x5 inch transoms laid over the top. The timber piers supporting the 100 foot span were provided with concrete bases. The railway closed for traffic in March 1993.

Description

A half-through double x 2 lattice girder bridge on a straight alignment and carrying a single track. Its spans are:

2x2x20 foot (6.1m) timber longitudinals, common timber trestles with 2 unbraced uprights (Pier 1), 3 single braced uprights (Pier 2) and 5 double braced uprights (Pier 3).

1x2x26 foot (7.9m) timber longitudinals, common timber trestles.

1x2x100 foot (30.5m) half-through double x2 lattice girders, channel strengthened timber longitudinals and transom top, timber piers at each end on concrete bases, strengthened with double timber pier at centre span.

3x2x26 foot (7.9m) timber longitudinals, common timber trestles with 5 double braced uprights (Piers 6 and 7) and 4 single braced uprights (Pier 8).

3x2x20 foot (6.1m) timber longitudinals, common timber trestles with 4 single braced uprights (Pier 8), 3 single braced uprights (Piers 9 and 10) and 2 unbraced uprights (Pier 11).

The approaches are timber girders.

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Location

Location of Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge (Clarendon) within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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