The following are some notes and primary data including QR internal memos and bridge plans regarding the QR railway bridges over Currumbin Creek and Tallebudgera Creek for the long closed South Coast Railway to Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. Some have been previously posted but this also includes recently sourced material.
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The Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek Railway Bridges were constructed sufficiently strong enough to carry the heaviest NSW rolling stock of that time. The following URL refers to this. Memo [02.4423.Ner.Ex] to the Commissioner for Railways from Mr William Pagan, [Acting] Chief Engineer [Civil] QR at that time [22 March 1902] regarding the building of the Currumbin Creek and Tallebudgera creek railway bridges. Queensland State Archives Item ID299671, Batch file, railway A/8937 for 1901 -1904https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvweTFnYllwMlItb1U/edit
Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creek Rail Bridge plans [2.8 MB] https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvwbURXS1ItSDhHNFU/edit
Tallebudgera Creek Cylinder piers https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvwR3FXR2JmZjFNWEU/edit
The parts marked on the plans as CI are cast iron eg CI cylinders for sinking and WI is wrought iron. In that era cast iron would have been used for those components that had to be cast and were not subject to tension. Any metallic item not labelled as Cast or Wrought Iron would be steel.
The Tallebudgera Creek railway bridge was demolished by the mid-1990s to make way for the new southbound Pacific Motorway Bridge over Tallebudgera Creek. The actual position of the long gone railway bridge would have been under the southbound lanes and approach on ramp of the present day Pacific Motorway Bridge. 1991 photo before demolition http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478/petanoz/All%20Coolangatta%20Tweed%20Line%20images/WestBurleighrailbridge1991.jpg
The Currumbin Creek former railway bridge is now a public pathway. 2011 image http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478/petanoz/All%20Coolangatta%20Tweed%20Line%20images/Currumbin-rail-bridge-2011-_zps3d6d7ea0.jpg
1960 Street map http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478/petanoz/All%20Coolangatta%20Tweed%20Line%20images/Currumbin.jpg
Currumbin Creek Railway bridge pier markings for the middle pier of row 15. http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz/media/All%20Coolangatta%20Tweed%20Line%20images/CurrumbinRailBridgePier-15M_zps44605bd5.jpg.html?sort=3&o=41
Currumbin Creek Railway bridge steel work markings http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478/petanoz/All%20Coolangatta%20Tweed%20Line%20images/Earl-Of-Dudley-brandingCurrumbinRailBridge_zps5d0ccf19.jpg
Currumbin Creek Railway bridge tender data http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478/petanoz/All%20Coolangatta%20Tweed%20Line%20images/CurrumbinRailwayBridgetendercostanddate_zps75a990e4.jpg
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