Algebuckina Bridge

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Algebuckina Bridge
Algebuckina Bridge.jpg
The bridge in 2009
Carries Railway (disused)
Crosses Neales River
Locale South Australia
Material Steel
Total length 1,900 feet (580 m)
Number of spans 19
Construction cost £AU 60,000
Opened 1892 (1892)
Heritage status
Closed 1981
Replaces Surface level crossing
Coordinates 27°53′57″S 135°48′27″E / 27.8993°S 135.8075°E / -27.8993; 135.8075Coordinates: 27°53′57″S 135°48′27″E / 27.8993°S 135.8075°E / -27.8993; 135.8075
The bridge from below

The Algebuckina Bridge is a Victorian era railway bridge south-east of Oodnadatta, on the Central Australian Railway in South Australia, and opened in January 1892.[1][2] It is the longest bridge in South Australia.[1][2]

Of lattice steel construction, it comprises 19 span each 100 feet (30 m) long.[1] It was strengthened in 1926 to allow it to carry heaver trains.[2]

It was built by a team of around 350 men, working in extreme desert heat.[1] The grave of one of them, David Saunders, lies nearby. He died in January 1890 from “heart disease accelerated by heat apoplexy.”[1][3]

The bridge crosses the floodplain of the Neales River,[2] which is prone to seasonal flooding, and replaced a surface-level railway which was frequently washed away.[1] After a severe flood in 1974, which almost reached the bridge decks, the line was closed in 1981 and a new route built 100 miles further west.[1]

The bridge is on the Register of the National Estate[2] and the South Australian Heritage Register.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The Australian Outback". Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Episode 2. 2012-12-13. Channel 5. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Infornmation plaque at the bridge, pictured at
  3. ^ "Algebuckina on the Oodnadatta Track". Retrieved 1 February 2013. 

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