Railway Bridges

Gilbert River Bridge

Hamley Bridge Railway Bridges


Light River Bridge

Here are some pictures of the original Railway Bridge, the building of the new Railway Bridge and then the completed new Railway Bridge.



Original Railway Bridge - 1898




During Construction - 1926-7




Circa Unknown

520 class Duchess of Gloucester No 526 - circa 1969

Plans of Light River Railway Bridge - signed by Acting Chief Engineer R.H.Chapman 3-5-1924

Thankyou to Brenton Wilkinson for the following information about the bridge:  The central pillar or pier is 75 feet (23m) high to the railway line.

Newspaper Articles

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Thursday 30 July 1868, page 2


Mrs. Hamley laid the foundation stone of the Hamley Railway Bridge, over the Light, on Saturday, in presence of a large number of spectators. She made an extempore speech in returning thanks for the honour done her.


The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Thursday 22 July 1869, page 2

The Maitland Mercury. THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1869.


IT was asserted a short time back in an English paper that sooner or later the engineers would be obliged to yield to the pressure of public opinion in favour of cheap railways, and to employ their powers in ascertaining how such rail Trays could best be constructed and worked, instead of inventing and repeating arguments against their construction» Whatever amount of truth there may have been in this assertion, as applied to the circumstances of old and densely peopled countries, there are not wanting grounds for expecting it to be realised in colonial experience. In Queensland the cheap principle has been adopted and acted upon and although the results have been far from satisfactory, every one can see that the failure (so far as there has been a failure) is to be debited not to the principle itself, but to the blundering and mismanagement that attended its application ; whilst, to say the least, a very large amount of success has been attained, and the broad fact remains that a far greater length of railway has been constructed since the beginning of the undertaking than could with reasonable probability have been expected had the start been made with works upon a more extensive and costly scale. The probability is that the line from Ipswich, instead of reaching as it does to within a short distance of our northern boundary, and threatening to carry off a large portion of the New England trade, would, if begun as a costly high-speed railway, have scarcely crossed by thi6 time the rough country, full of deep gullies and spurs from the ranges, where the too-promising estimates of the engineer-in -chief were rudely shaken to pieces. In Victoria, where the extravagance that has been a

I will now add a few words as to the work we have been upon to-day. I believe thoroughly it fortunes matter for almost unmixed congratulation It is impossible to doubt that these works, considering the lightness of the line-and it is intended to be light-have been solidly and permanently constructed. What has pleased me almost more than the excellence of the work, is the great economy that has been combined with it (Hear, hear) I do not think that a spacious Goods Shed like this is any departure from economy, though a handsome passenger station before the traffic has been collected would be; and I have always found that a spacious goods shed, economically built, is the cheapest in the long run (Hear hear). . . . Then I cannot help noticing that great work the Hamley Bridge, which seems to combine the advantages of strength and economy, which modern science seeks to combine. When in India the other day, I saw some great bridges of masonry had been pulled down, because insufficient for the requirements of the position, and they bad been replaced by bridges of similar character to this, at one-third the cost of the others."



The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Wednesday 29 September 1875, page 5



ADELAIDE, Tuesday.

Mr. Boucaut introduced the railway policy of the Government to-night. They propose to borrow £3,000,000 for the construction of the following railways and public works:

Port Augusta to near Yudamuntana, £915,262; Pichirichi Pass to near Mount Brown, £85,725; Gladstone to Wirrabarra North, £02,517; Gladstone to Jamestown, £95,228; Green's Plains to Barruga Gap, £83,897; Hamley Bridge to Balaclava, £108,810 ; Burra to Gottlieb's Wells, £152,506; Gottlieb's Wells to the south of Wankaringa, £177,337; Rivoli Bay North to Mount Gambier, £200,997; Baker's Range to Cockatoo Lake, £59,462; Kapunda to North West Bend, £318,259. Public Works-Main roads, £200,000 ; erection of school-houses, £60,000; jetties at Yorke Peninsula, £10,000; breakwater at Victor Harbour, £35,000; improvements of other harbours, £75,000; completing Kingston to Naracoorte railway, £45,000; completing Kadina and Port Wakefield railway, £55,000; erecting Murray bridge- for railway, £100,000; completing and extending south-eastern drainage works, £55,000; Northern Territory purposes, .£75,000.


Mr. Boucaut stated that the Government had rejected the Mount Lofty line  and Ardrossan and Moonta line extensions to the Victorian boundary; also the Riverton to Clare line and Salisbury to Port Wakefield line; and did not include the

purchase of the Wallaroo line, but he believed the Government would have to buy it. This, however, would not be done by pressure, but by arbitration. He then enumerated the principal lines and works it was proposed to carry out, and stated that it was intended to adopt the 3ft. 6in. gauge, with one or two exceptions. In conclusion, he moved that a message covering the loan be referred to the committee. The debate stands adjourned.