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Currumbin Railway Bridge
« on: April 24, 2016, 08:36:20 AM »
Currumbin Railway Bridge history -->

http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/currumbin-railway-bridge-history-30836.html

The Currumbin Railway Bridge has a rich history and has been recognised as having heritage significance. It was constructed in 1903 as part of the South Coast railway line. The Currumbin Creek rail bridge is a 21 span, 173 metre long steel railway bridge. It is one of only three examples that still exist of infrastructure associated with the original railway line and the only structurally complete bridge still in existence on the line. It was closed to rail traffic in the mid 1960s and became primarily utilised to support a number of utility services (water and sewer) whilst simultaneously functioning as a narrow pedestrian bridge.

The bridge was upgraded in 1994 to a dedicated pedestrian bridge by relocating the utility services and replacing the original timber railway sleepers with plywood decking, asphalt surfacing and pedestrian barriers. The structure has remained relatively unchanged since that time with the exception of the installation of an electrical conduit / service.

A structural condition inspection in 2010 showed that significant restoration works are required to lengthen the life of the bridge and so the superstructure must be replaced. The works will allow the path to be widened from 2.1 metres to 3.0 metres and we will install lighting in the stainless steel handrails.

It is intended to strengthen the substructure of the bridge by installation of new aluminium cross bracing and new precast concrete headstocks. The original structural components of the bridge including the wrought iron railway girders and ‘Earl of Dudley’ cross beams (headstocks) are to be made structurally redundant. These components are to be refurbished and relocated to the outer extremities of the new precast concrete members for aesthetic and heritage preservation purposes only.



Steam train crossing
Currumbin Creek rail bridge, circa 1931
Photographer unknown.

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Re: Currumbin Railway Bridge
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2016, 08:37:07 AM »
Currumbin Railway Bridge renewal

--> http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/currumbin-railway-bridge-renewal-30825.html

City of Gold Coast is undertaking works to conserve the 113-year-old ex-railway bridge at Currumbin. The $3 million project will commence in February 2016 and be completed in September 2016. The renewed bridge will be wider than the existing bridge and the heritage of the existing structure will be retained. Environmental considerations are identified as high priority.

The extent of works involves the following:

    upgrades to the existing bridge substructure components that include wrought iron girders and cross beams and cast iron columns
    renewal of the existing bridge decking, surfacing and barriers
    new bridge substructure components which include precast concrete headstocks
    construction of new precast concrete deck, stainless steel barriers along with bridge approaches, connecting paths, lighting and utility services.
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Re: Currumbin Railway Bridge
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 06:10:06 AM »
Currumbin Rail Bridge - Grider Removal

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