QUEENSLAND Rail has started major maintenance works on the railway bridge to the Ipswich Workshops over the Bremer River.
A QR spokesman said the iconic CBD railway bridge was built in 1915 and was heritage listed.
“As part of the maintenance we are repainting the bridge to closely match the original heritage colours of French grey steel trusses and maroon piers,” the spokesman said.
“These works are planned for completion by early 2012 and will ensure this heritage bridge is preserved in good condition and can continue to carry heritage steam train services to and from the historical Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum.”
According to historical records, the bridge was the third rail bridge built over the Bremer River linking Ipswich and North Ipswich.
The first was a combined road/rail bridge opened for traffic on July 31, 1865 with the opening of the first railway line to Bigge’s Camp (now Grandchester).
Following the opening of a second, parallel bridge in 1897 the original bridge was used for road traffic only.
The spans from the original bridge were demolished in 1967.
The heritage listed sandstone abutments on the northern and southern banks and the stone abutments where Heiner Rd was carried over the original Wharf Line are all that now remain of the original bridge.
The Bradfield Bridge, built beside the third bridge, opened for foot traffic last October linking Ipswich City Square and Riverlink.