Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Waimakariri Gorge Bridge

Perhaps because it is so close, this bridge has become a favourite spot for testing new photographic gear or new processing techniques. I like this bridge. So, on the first day of the new year I took a trip back to the bridge under a rather overcast sky. Much of the river-bed downstream was covered with the vehicles of boaties and fishermen so I stayed up high for this picture:
The bridge was built in 1876 and the two piers are 95ft and 115ft, made of cast iron and filled with concrete. For the first 60 years of its life it carried the rail line between Oxford and Shefield but, in the 1930s the line was closed and the bridge converted to a single-lane road bridge which it has remained to this day.

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