Farmers Creek Rail Viaducts

Following on from yesterday’s post, I did some research on these marvelous Rail Viaducts that are a part of the history of the Lithgow NSW area.  These twin viaducts are only two, of similar viaducts in the area.

These two viaducts are known locally as the Bowenfels Rail Viaducts OR the Farmers Creek Viaducts.

Farmers Creek Viaduct 3_sml

The lower bridge – the 1870 viaduct –  is one of the oldest sandstone archway viaducts in NSW AU and was built for the single track  Great Western Railway, that eventually continued on west to Bathurst.

It’s structure is made up of nine semi-circular arches, each 2 feet thick and the piers are of solid stone.

The higher bridge – the 1921 viaduct – is a brick arch viaduct comprising six 40 feet clear spans and as at March 2006 was one of the largest brick arch structures on the New South Wales railways system.

Apparently they are both in good condition although the lower 1870s viaduct is no longer a working railway bridge.

I’ve driven past these wonderful bridges many times and always wondered about their history.

I thought it would be fun to try and create an image of how they may have been photographed, each in their day.

Farmers Creek Viaduct 1870s_sml

A representation of the 1870s viaduct.. of course the taller brick bridge would not have been there.

Farmers Creek Viaduct 1920s_sml

..and a representation of the 1921 viaduct..

I didn’t find this an easy subject to research.  The info I gathered was collected from the NSW Government, Environment and Heritage site.  It’s good to know a bit about their history.

4 thoughts on “Farmers Creek Rail Viaducts

  1. The 1870s bridge looks almost too delicate to support a loco and wagons! These were mighty feats of engineering! Thank you for doing the research and the wonderful photos.


    1. Thanks for the comments Caroline.. I’m glad you found it interesting too and yes mighty feats of engineering for sure!!
      I think the smaller one does look diminished in the images, but it is rather large 😉
      Do wish I could get up much closer to it.


    1. They really are amazing aren’t they?!
      I want to go back prepared this time to get better images.
      These were snaps.
      Still, such fun to do and the viaducts..amazing!


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