Edith River Bridge Derailment Site Works

These pictures were taken on September 4th and 5th 2012 at the Edith River Railway bridge works in Australia's Northern Territory.   The works are a result of the major derailment on the North Australia Railway in late 2011 on account of flood water rising above the bridge and derailing a freight train; after which the line was closed for some two months.   Trains were still crossing the Edith river Bridge at very low speed about 10kmh past the derailment site and work was still continuing. The approaching north bound Ghan exploded three detonators on the rails about a kilometre before the bridge.

These pictures of the Edith River Rail bridge were taken on September 4th 2012
Edith River railway bridge
Marks of the derailment still on the Edith River rail bridge eastern side
south bound freight from 
 Darwin hauled by GWA005 and ALF24 on Edith River bridge
A south bound freight from Darwin hauled by GWA005 and ALF24 on the bridge
(the bridge appears shorter from this angle due to the zoom lens)
Southern approach 
 Edith River railway bridge
Works at the Southern approach to the bridge
Gateway to southern side works from Edith Falls Road
Gateway to southern side works from Edith Falls Road
Edith River rail bridge repair work
Large crane on the western side of the bridge
The Ghan on Edith River bridge
NR115 and AN3 on the north bound Ghan crossing Edith River bridge at about 10kmh
The Ghan crossing Edith River
The Ghan crossing Edith River September 3rd 2012


On September 13th 2012, the white crane seen in pictures above, had its boom extended high above the bridge. It was lifting a cage with three men in it to the opposite side of the bridge (to the east side) and they were working on the section which had the apparent marks from the derailment (mentioned above).   On the west side of the bridge there were two workers in a cherry picker apparently working similarly on that side of the bridge as well.

Further pictures of the work on the Edith River bridge taken September 13th 2012
Crane on western side Edith River rail bridge
The crane - western side of the bridge
western side Edith River rail bridge
Cherry picker - western side of the bridge
crane and cherry picker western side Edith River rail bridge
The bridge, crane and cherry picker western side
Edith River Rail Bridge 
 Northern Territory
Working on the western side of the bridge
Edith River Rail Bridge repair works
Descending by crane situated on the west side to work on the Eastern side of the bridge
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The crane with workers suspended in a cage working on the eastern side of the bridge
Workers suspended from crane eastern side Edith River bridge
Workers suspended from crane working on the eastern side of the bridge
Workers in cage lifted by crane 
 - Edith River railway Bridge
Close up of workers in the cage lifted by the crane on the other side of the bridge.

Edith River Railway Bridge Works Northern Territory September 2012




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