#1  
Old 25-10-2020, 12:13 PM
taminga16's Avatar
taminga16 (Greg)
Registered User

taminga16 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maldon. VIC
Posts: 787
Tabulam Bridge.

Alex,
What is happening about the bridge?
Greg.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 25-10-2020, 01:23 PM
xelasnave's Avatar
xelasnave
Gravity does not Suck

xelasnave is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tabulam
Posts: 13,805
The new one is open and they are pulling the old one down.
Alex
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 25-10-2020, 01:40 PM
taminga16's Avatar
taminga16 (Greg)
Registered User

taminga16 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maldon. VIC
Posts: 787
Quote:
Originally Posted by xelasnave View Post
The new one is open and they are pulling the old one down.
Alex
Thank you Alex, it is sad.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 25-10-2020, 03:35 PM
xelasnave's Avatar
xelasnave
Gravity does not Suck

xelasnave is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tabulam
Posts: 13,805
Yes and stupid...a magic attraction ..maintenance could be managed locally and like it is clear that so ng road work is how you keep the economy going around here..cast of thousands..any excuse to get money out there...... But no one cares ..I have enjoyed it I have used it and so selfishly I can say stuff those who dont care enough to do something...there may be something going on I dont know and dont want to know as I would get ropped in ...and I have done my share of leading the troops on righeous battles... someone else needs to come forward.

Alex
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 25-10-2020, 04:43 PM
glend (Glen)
Registered User

glend is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Lake Macquarie
Posts: 6,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by xelasnave View Post
Yes and stupid...a magic attraction ..maintenance could be managed locally and like it is clear that so ng road work is how you keep the economy going around here..cast of thousands..any excuse to get money out there...... But no one cares ..I have enjoyed it I have used it and so selfishly I can say stuff those who dont care enough to do something...there may be something going on I dont know and dont want to know as I would get ropped in ...and I have done my share of leading the troops on righeous battles... someone else needs to come forward.

Alex
Can you buy bits of it Alex? What are they doing with it?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 25-10-2020, 07:06 PM
xelasnave's Avatar
xelasnave
Gravity does not Suck

xelasnave is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tabulam
Posts: 13,805
Quote:
Originally Posted by glend View Post
Can you buy bits of it Alex? What are they doing with it?
I don't know Glen but I would guess that the council will pay someone to demolish it and I expect it will just go to the tip.

Alex
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 25-10-2020, 09:25 PM
GrahamL's Avatar
GrahamL
pro lumen

GrahamL is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: ballina
Posts: 3,198
Sad they Won't leave it be .. The timber would likely get sold off

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.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 25-10-2020, 10:25 PM
glend (Glen)
Registered User

glend is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Lake Macquarie
Posts: 6,037
A few of those old timbers might be useful to frame up your amenities block. Years ago there was a guy setting up a 4x4 park out at Bylong that used old rescued timbers from a barn to build his shower block. I was there at the time with the Sydney Jeep Club, we spent a day digging post holes, dragging posts around, and setting up the framing. The use of recycled timber is always a good talking point.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 25-10-2020, 11:08 PM
muletopia's Avatar
muletopia (Chris)
Want to do better

muletopia is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Kojonup Western Australia
Posts: 274
old & new

Some years ago whilst touring in the SW of WA we came to an attractive old timber bridge with a new concrete monstrosity beside it. The road gave access to both.
So we drove the pair over the old and new bridges. Our thoughts were we would be the last of many to drive a pair over the old bridge and the first of few to drive a pair over the new bridge. People who only motor give scant regard to this sort of thought.


Chris
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 26-10-2020, 07:36 AM
The_bluester's Avatar
The_bluester (Paul)
Registered User

The_bluester is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Kilmore, Australia
Posts: 2,724
Interesting the different approaches to this sort of thing. It was not a particularly "Special" bridge by any means but where I used to live near Echuca there was a very tired old wooden bridge over the Campaspe river, so tired that the school bus was probably over weight for it. We lived there through the 80's to the mid 90's. They replaced the bridge some time after we moved away (resuming a bit of our old property in the process to straighten out a gravel S bend at the bridge, and removing much fun for the locals, all the gravel could usually be found in the grass on the outside of the corners)

The new bridge was constructed next to the old, they left the old bridge in situ to rot and presumably to eventually fall in the river.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 26-10-2020, 12:18 PM
drylander (Peter)
Registered User

drylander is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sth Oz
Posts: 133
I crossed that bridge several times both by car and motorbike. Any chance of a good photo of it before it goes?
Pete
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 26-10-2020, 04:29 PM
theodog's Avatar
theodog (Jeff)
Every photon is sacred !

theodog is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Coonabarabran
Posts: 1,059
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrahamL View Post
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GrahamL View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +10. The time is now 10:05 AM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertisement
NexDome Observatories
Advertisement
Limpet Controller
Advertisement
Bintel
Advertisement
Testar
Advertisement
Astronomy and Electronics Centre
Advertisement