Thread: Tabulam Bridge.
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Old 26-10-2020, 05:29 PM
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Sad they Won't leave it be .. The timber would likely get sold off
After they leave it in the wet and damp mud for years to decompose past usefulness. And yes the timber does decompose without regular painting and maintenance, despite the chemical warfare conducted on it throughout the years.

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The crews that maintain these old bridges were a very specialised bunch , I know a couple of them, many were made redundant many years back as they keep replacing older truss timber bridges with concrete,even then they had stopped moving new people into the trade and were moving towards contractors.
My grandfather was a carpenter from the West Wallsend area near Newcastle and was in a crew that built many original wooden bridges in the far north and west of NSW during the 1930's Great Depression to keep his new wife and children fed. Some of his letters home make good reading.

Yes its a shame to see these historical engineering feats go.

I have driven across the old Tabulam bridge many times but it was exciting to cross the new one and look over at the old one.
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