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Wagga Wagga Viaducts

Item details

Name of item: Wagga Wagga Viaducts
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Bridge/ Viaduct
Primary address: Across Murrumbidgee Flood Plain, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Local govt. area: Wagga Wagga
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Across Murrumbidgee Flood PlainWagga WaggaWagga Wagga  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Australian Rail Track CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

The viaducts at Wagga Wagga are significant as a large engineering project, being the first major steel viaduct or series of viaducts constructed on the NSW rail network (completed in 1901). The original timber viaducts were completed in 1880 and replaced between 1897 and 1901, making this also one of the first major viaducts in NSW.
Date significance updated: 09 Jul 10
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Construction years: 1897-1901
Physical description: The Wagga Wagga viaducts are steel deck plate web girders on steel trestles with concrete foundations. There are five viaducts and 310 spans in total.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Strengthening work in 1994/95 involved the introduction of intermediate concrete columns at centre of each 30ft span.


Historical notes: The original timber ballast ‘Whitton type’ viaducts at Wagga Wagga (constructed north of the Murrumbidgee River) were completed in 1880 at a cost of £75,000. It consisted of a total of three hundred and sixteen 29ft 6in spans in a series of 6 viaducts (the longest viaduct being 113 spans). In March 1897 work commenced to replace the 1880 timber viaducts with steel deck plate web girders on steel trusses and concrete foundations. New concrete abutments enabled the number of spans to be reduced from 316 to 310. The work was completed in 1901 at a cost of £45,000. The steel viaducts remain in service (Fraser, 1995).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA841State Rail Authority  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenFraser, Don1995Bridges down under: The history of railway underbridges in NSW

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Data source

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Name: State Government
Database number: 4280713

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