End of the line for rail bridge

 

News article: End of the line for rail bridge

THE Mount Morgan Railway Bridge will be demolished but its fate could prompt ongoing maintenance on other icons in the town, according to Camille Steinberger.

  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
THE Mount Morgan Railway Bridge will be demolished but its fate could prompt ongoing maintenance on other icons in the town, according to Camille Steinberger.



The Mount Morgan Promotion and Development project officer said the decision reinforced the need for the sub-committee formed to focus on the preservation of the town's other historic icons and historically important areas.



"It is sad news, especially when you consider the bridge is more than 100 years old and that some of the community's relatives helped to build it," Ms Steinberger said.



"As a curved bridge, it was quite unique for the area and it's disappointing for many to see the condition it is in."
End of the line for rail bridge


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what disused line was this bridge on please?

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The following is listed on wikipedia and makes interesting reading:

After the rack railway was removed, the Mount Morgan to Rockhampton line operated as a fully adhesion-based railway until the line was decommissioned in 1987. The line was consequently removed in 1989. A concrete retaining wall from the line remains at the top of the Razorback Ranges on the entry to Mount Morgan.

Connection to western coal mines

The Mount Morgan to Rockhampton line was also a rail thoroughfare between Rockhampton and mines in the Central Queensland coalfields. Additional lines were progressively constructed between Rockhampton and the coalfields, bypassing Mount Morgan, thus making the Mount Morgan to coalfields line obsolete. The line between Mount Morgan and the coalfields was consequently removed with the Mount Morgan to Rockhampton line in 1989.

Today

A small section of the railway line has been retained for tourism purposes. The line operates subject to its conditions of repair.

Rail Heritage Museum

The Rail Heritage Museum includes artefacts from the rail and mining history of Mount Morgan, including a restored Hunslett steam engine, "Silver Bullet" rail motor and timber rail carriages.
wikipedia

I think the above just about explains it.  

Is there anything of note happening with the rail tourism operation?

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Brian
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Specifically, Mount Morgan was on the Dawson/Callide valley branch from Kabra (Central line) to Theodore & Thangool.  The section that Mount Morgan is on was closed in 1987.

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