Thursday, 24 September 2015

Napier Gisborne Line : Bridge 290, Waipaoa River Bridge [3]

A Gisborne Photo News photo of the Waipaoa Railway Bridge in 1957. The change of course of the riverbed can be seen which was part of the flood control works being carried out at the time.

This overview map shows the general area in which the bridge is located, including the former sawmill siding just to the north. The river has changed course a number of times, including as part of flood control works in the 1950s, and since the Cyclone Bola storm in 1988.

A closer view of the bridge itself, showing the three sections which were built at different times, and the deviation that was built in the mid 1950s to allow for the second section to be constructed.