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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge, Murphy's Creek Area 17/11/13

While driving home from the Helidon outing (see previous post) we took a drive around a few roads near Murphy's Creek where we often see birds.  These are a few landscape photos that caught my eye today.  

The Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge is absolutely stunning from the Road - it's massive!  There isn't any road access from Murphy's Creek Road to photograph it closely and many trees are in the way, so this photo was taken from some distance away.  This beautiful bridge was never obviously visible from the road prior to the January 2011 floods but afterwards, many trees were obviously washed away and this beautiful railway bridge was once again on show for passers by to see & admire in the distance. 

The Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge  is on the Toowoomba to Helidon line crossing the Lockyer creek and was completed in 1911.  The Bridge is heritage listed and was featured on an Australian Postage Stamp in 2004.  

The Lockyer Creek Bridge at Guinn Park was designed by William Pagan, is on of the largest of its type in Queensland and one of Australia's first reinforced concrete arch rail bridges. The bridge, built in 1911, features three spans, each supported by two arches and appeared on a stamp that was part of series featuring landmark bridges. Another bridge on the same line with the same name is closer to Gatton and was built in 1903. (Wikipedia)

I have found an article about the 1893 & 2011 Floods and a photo of this bridge in 1915 for those who are interested in a little history you can view it here.  

J & B. 
Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge at Guinn Park (Murphy's Creek) Queensland. 17/11/13

Intermediate Egret & Cattle Egret - Murphy's Creek Area 17/11/13

Freesia Flowers in the lawn at Murphy's Creek Cemetery, 17/11/13

Freesia Flowers at the Murphy's Creek Cemetery 17/11/13

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