13km Bridge                         



During 2004, the bridge on the Pinjarra to Dwellingup railway located at the 13.383km peg was found to be in need of repairs to the deck, following monitoring of its deterioration. Appropriate inspections were carried out during the summer of 2004 -2005 and arrangements were made to begin the required repairs, which included renewal of the three outer main support beams (stringers). After much planning and organising of the required timbers and other materials by General Manager Ian Willis, dismantling began in March & reconstruction in April to enable the bridge to be finished prior to the 2005 steam season commencement on May 1st.

A small team comprising HVTR Track Master, members and Pemberton Tramway maintenance staff commenced the major work of rebuilding during the week from Monday the 4th to Friday 8th of April.

Ballasting of the bridge and abutment approaches was completed the following week by Les Falon and consumed 43 tonnes of 40mm bluemetal.

An early Dwellingup Forest Ranger crosses the 13km bridge whilst returning down the escarpment to Pinjarra

The bridge with decking removed back to bare structure

PTCo's Wayne Watkins tightens bolts

After insertion of 3 stringers ( main support beams seen on left side of bridge in the left photo)  HVTR's Ian Willis & Les Fallon and PTCo's Wayne Watkins, Michael Hordienko & Peter Ellice  commence to lay the new ballast support deck.

Ian & Les survey the finished deck Ballast Beams are added
Track is then re laid PTCo's gang truck makes the first crossing

With the track ballasted the Bridge is complete. Seen here looking uphill towards Dwellingup and below looking downhill towards Pinjarra

Another job well done




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