Rail link to the past
Australia’s most breathtaking scenic railway route, the Cairns to Kuranda line, had its origins back in the 1870s. With the opening up of the goldfields and pastoral districts around Cairns and to the west, the need for a railway became obvious.
The strengthening of the steel bridge spans in the scenic railway line demonstrates the versatility and cost effectiveness of structural steel in rail bridge construction. Steel construction enabled six of Australia’s most inaccessible and remote bridges to be simply upgraded, while at the same time satisfying the requirements of state heritage legislation and preserving the world heritage listed wet tropics.
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