Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Noojee trestle bridge

Man flu turned to tonsilitis which meant lots of catching up at work which in turn meant no photos.
Noojee Trestle bridge used to carry trains, but now is walkers only.
This bridge, known as No. 7, is the only remaining of seven trestle bridges on the section of railway line between Nayook and Noojee. Of the other six bridges, three survived the 1939 fire, but were destroyed later by another fire. The bridge of the main Noojee - Warragul Road (formally Longmore's Road) was dismantled.
The logs for pile were brought in by rail and a small amount of local timber was dragged out of the bush by teams of bullocks and horses. The bridge was then built by railway employees. The Noojee to Nayook section of the narrow gauge line to Warragul opened in 1919. There was a terminus at Noojee, to which large amounts of timber were transported from mills scattered through the forest by means of a network of timber tramlines, heading to the west and to the north.
The bridge was originally designed to carry the weight of N class steam locomotives, with the smaller engine classes J and K also using the line. This bridge was subsequently taken out of service in 1954 when the line was closed.