Algebuckina Bridge

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Algebuckina Bridge
Algebuckina Bridge.jpg
The bridge in 2009
Coordinates27°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
CarriesRailway (disused)
CrossesNeales River
LocaleAllandale Station, South Australia[1]
Heritage status
MaterialWrought iron[2]
Total length587 metres (1,927 ft)[2]
No. of spans19[2]
Construction cost£AU 60,000
Opened8 January 1892 (8 January 1892)[4]
ReplacesSurface level crossing
The bridge from below

The Algebuckina Bridge is a Victorian era railway bridge in the Australian state of South Australia located about 55 kilometres (34 mi) south-east of the town of Oodnadatta in the locality of Allandale Station on the route of the now-closed Central Australia Railway.[1][2] It opened in January 1892.[5][6] 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.[5][6]

It consists of 19 spans of 100 feet (30 m) length and which are made of lattice steel construction.[5] It was strengthened in 1926 to allow it to carry heavier trains.[6]

It was built by a team of around 350 men, working in extreme desert heat.[5] Several graves are nearby, and one of them, David Saunders, died in January 1890 from “heart disease accelerated by heat apoplexy.”[5][7]

The bridge crosses the floodplain of the Neales River,[6] which is prone to seasonal flooding, and replaced a surface-level railway which was frequently washed away.[5] 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.[5]

The bridge was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate on 28 September 1982 and listed as a state heritage place on the South Australian Heritage Register on 20 November 1986.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Search results for 'Allandale Station, LOCB' with the following datasets selected – 'Suburbs and Localities', 'SA Heritage Places' and 'SA Heritage Places Indicative Footprints'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australian Government. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Algebuckina Bridge (bridge over the Neales), Marree-Alice Springs Railway, Algebuckina via Oodnadatta, SA, Australia - listing on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate (Place ID 5974)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 28 September 1982. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Algebuckina Bridge". SA Heritage Places Database. Government of South Australia. 20 November 1986. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ "RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS' REPORTS". Adelaide Observer. XLIX, (2645). South Australia. 11 June 1892. p. 32. Retrieved 1 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "The Australian Outback". Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Episode 2. 13 December 2012. Channel 5. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Infornmation plaque at the bridge, pictured at
  7. ^ "Algebuckina on the Oodnadatta Track". Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.

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