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John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:36 pm
by Swift
Took these two pictures yesterday. This was the first time I have actually walked across this bridge since it was converted fit this use. I can't believe it's almost 20 years since it was done. That's how long it sat idle after the new bridge opened back in 1980.
Does anyone know why it was replaced?
It looks so sound with all the intricate lattice work on the sides and underneath the tracks.
I had no idea it had such ornate stonework for the abutments. That's the standards of the Victorian era for you!

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:33 pm
by Centralian
Would be helpful in the post to identify where it's located. Not everyone that reads these posts will be familiar with it.
Answer = Meadowbank / Rhodes in Sydney. Some history online.

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:19 pm
by boronia
Was it single/gauntlet track?

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:48 pm
by Swift
Centralian wrote:Would be helpful in the post to identify where it's located. Not everyone that reads these posts will be familiar with it.
Answer = Meadowbank / Rhodes in Sydney. Some history online.

I thought it was famous enough. :P :P :P :P :P
Yeah, I should have added it in.

To Boronia, no it's double track and they are still under there. The sleepers act as supports to the pathway which is made from metal sheeting of some kind.
The old Como railway bridge, of the same design but for single track, had gauntlet rails for the double tracks each side.

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:25 pm
by boronia
I thought it was double, but looks horribly narrow in that shot.

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:16 pm
by Centralian
Swift wrote:
Centralian wrote:Would be helpful in the post to identify where it's located. Not everyone that reads these posts will be familiar with it.
Answer = Meadowbank / Rhodes in Sydney. Some history online.

I thought it was famous enough. :P :P :P :P :P
Yeah, I should have added it in.


Showing my ignorance, but until I looked it up I had no idea.

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:59 pm
by Swift
boronia wrote:I thought it was double, but looks horribly narrow in that shot.

The pathway sits over part of each track, leaving room to spare on each side as seen in the second picture. The added path itself makes the bridge appear more narrow than it is.
I recommend anyone who hasn't walked it yet to get out there and do it. I'm glad I finally did and the walk from Meadowbank to Rhodes doesn't take as long as you think.

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:27 pm
by 3805
Every time that I drive over the adjacent bridge, I cannot help but wonder whether this beautiful old bridge will ever get the clean and re-paint that it so desperately needs.

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:10 am
by tonyp
3805 wrote:Every time that I drive over the adjacent bridge, I cannot help but wonder whether this beautiful old bridge will ever get the clean and re-paint that it so desperately needs.

Iron doesn't get painted.

If it's a cycleway don't you get abused by cyclists if you try to walk it? That's what I find on other cycleways. Or is it a shared path?

Re: John Whitton Iron Lattice Railway Bridge Cycle Way.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 am
by Swift
tonyp wrote:
3805 wrote:Every time that I drive over the adjacent bridge, I cannot help but wonder whether this beautiful old bridge will ever get the clean and re-paint that it so desperately needs.

Iron doesn't get painted.

If it's a cycleway don't you get abused by cyclists if you try to walk it? That's what I find on other cycleways. Or is it a shared path?

Yes it's shared, like the Como bridge, which is painted and was converted to a shared path way back in 1985.
I quite like the rusted look of the Meadowbank bridge.
Too many things have been cleaned up and it can take away it's feel. It's nice to have something rough around the edges for a change and it doesn't have to carry locomotives anymore.