Sunday, 25 July 2010

John Whitton Bridge

The John Whitton Bridge is a railway bridge that crosses the Parramatta River between the suburbs of Meadowbank and Rhodes. The 1980 welded steel box girder bridge on concrete piers, also known as the Parramatta River Underbridge sits on the western side of the 1886 truss bridge, that was then known as the Meadowbank Bridge. The bridge is named after John Whitton, who was appointed Engineer-in-Charge for the New South Wales Railways from 1867 and was responsible for the completion of 2811 miles of railway around New South Wales and Victoria over 32 years. A Rivercat Class ferry is seen here travelling east along the Parramatta River.

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for dropping by, mate. Will come again.

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  2. seems like a nice, peaceful place.. unlike most places here in mumbai.

    - Mindless Mumbai

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  3. I can just see the original bridge through the pylons. It seems to have more of a sense of design than the 1980 double-up which is just yer average length of concrete.

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  4. Great story Jim, Witton deserves to be more recognised.

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  5. Connecting space and time. A beautiful bridge. Please have a nice Sunday.

    daily athens

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  6. Then you are standing where Meadowbank Baths once were. I went swimming there about 100 years ago.
    Instead of ferries then, you could see the odd cow's head floating down from Homebush abattoirs, now Olympic Park.

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  7. That's an interesting story Bruce. You paint quite a picture of those days.

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  8. The bright yellow redeems this boring box girder construction.
    imho ;)

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  9. It appears to be a sturdy bridge indeed. I like that you've captured a boat about to pass under it.

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  10. Nagyon jó fotó:-) viszont a sárgara festet hid érdekes hatást fejt ki a kék vizre :-) szuper, szivesen meg néznem előbben is :-)

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  11. Did they paint the bridge yellow just recently?

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  12. May be I change my job and be a bridge builder, Then I have a bridge named after me.

    Went to the opening of a big bridge today. No named after the engineer. Juts mangere after the place. Now a big bridge 8 lanes. You come to Auckland, no traffic jam.

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  13. Wonderful in yellow... gives such a warm reflection in the water. Interesting history.

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  14. Stan, I know it was yellow three years ago but I don't really know how long it has been that way.

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  15. I like everything about this shot: the light, the blue, the ship, the story...

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  16. Wonderful bridge ang great capture
    Best regards from Argentina
    Elisa

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  17. John Witton made a huge contribution to the early growth of Australia. «Louis» thanks you for your contribution(s) to Sunday Bridges. He appreciates the contributions from "Down Under".
    ;-D

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  18. The old bridges have so much character!! I'm amazed at the number of truss bridges near my home that were built in the 1880's are are still in use today!

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