The bridge in 2009
|Total length||1,900 feet (580 m)|
|No. of spans||19|
|Construction cost||£AU 60,000|
|Replaces||Surface level crossing|
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. It was the longest bridge in South Australia until construction of the Seaford suburban rail line across the Onkaparinga River south of Adelaide in 2014.
It was built by a team of around 350 men, working in extreme desert heat. The grave of one of them, David Saunders, lies nearby. He died in January 1890 from “heart disease accelerated by heat apoplexy.”
The bridge crosses the floodplain of the Neales River, which is prone to seasonal flooding, and replaced a surface-level railway which was frequently washed away. 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.
- "The Australian Outback". Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Episode 2. 2012-12-13. Channel 5. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- Infornmation plaque at the bridge, pictured at http://letsgotravelaustralia.com/tag/algebuckina-bridge/
- "Algebuckina on the Oodnadatta Track". Retrieved 1 February 2013.
Media related to Algebuckina Bridge at Wikimedia Commons