- Dickabram Bridge
Dickabram Bridge over the Mary River
Carries Motor vehicles, Railway Crosses Mary River Locale Miva, Queensland Designer Henry Charles Stanley Design Truss bridge Material Timber, Steel Total length 191 metres (627 ft) Longest span 36.6 metres (120 ft) Number of spans 14 (6.1m, 7.9m, three at 11m, 11.6m, 24.1m, 36.6m, 24.1m, 11.6m, two at 11m, 7.9m and 6.1m) Vertical clearance 4.3 metres (14 ft) Clearance below 23 metres (75 ft) Constructed by McDermott Owen & Co. Construction begin 1885 Construction end 6 December 1886 Heritage status Registered (ID 15956) Coordinates Coordinates:
The heritage listed bridge is one of only two remaining road and rail bridges in Australia and the only one in Queensland. It is the oldest remaining large steel truss bridge constructed in Queensland.
The steel and timber truss bridge, built by McDermott Owen & Co., was completed in November 1886 and the line opened for traffic between Dickabram and Kilkivan on 6 December 1886. It is 191m long and stands 23m above the Mary River. All spans are metal trusses except for the 11m approach spans which are tied timber girders. The two river piers are cast iron cylinders; the remaining piers and road deck are timber.
The name of the bridge comes from a local Aboriginal word Dickabram meaning Sweet potato that grew along the river flats there. The bridge decking was submerged under water only once during the 1893 floods. The bridge was registered on the Register of the National Estate in 1988.
- ^ a b "Work has begun on restoring Dickabram Bridge". Gympie Times. 26 December 2008. http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2008/12/26/on-historic-dickabram-bridge/. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ^ a b "Dickabram Bridge reopens". Queensland Government. April 24, 2009. http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/mms/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=63489. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ^ "Dickabram Bridge". Fraser Coast Online. 9 February 2009. http://www.frasercoastonline.com.au/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=128&Itemid=196. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- "Dickabram Bridge (entry AHD15956)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl?mode=place_detail;place_id=15956.
- Dickabram Bridge (Mary River Bridge (Miva)) at Queensland Heritage Register
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