Old Railway Bridge over North Pine River

Old Railway Bridge over North Pine River at Armstrong Creek

Old Railway Bridge over North Pine River at Armstrong Creek

The current closure of a section of the Mt. Samson Road because of a damaged culvert, with a detour in place, has reminded some locals of the “temporary” bridge that was on Mt. Samson Road some years ago.
Only a couple of months after the closure of the Dayboro Railway on 1st July 1955, a flood eroded the northern bank of the North Pine River at Armstrong Creek changing the course of the river with the road bridge no longer spanning the river. The railway bridge, which was a much higher and longer bridge, then became the “temporary” road bridge. At that stage the railway lines had not been removed but that did happen later. It was the “temporary” bridge for almost 20 years with a new bridge being planned in 1974. There were a number of mishaps on the rough narrow bridge and quite a few tales to tell of near mishaps as well. My husband tells of driving on to the bridge in the milk tanker and having the lights go out, and it happened to him twice.
The present-day John McKenzie Bridge was constructed just slightly upstream of the original road bridge.
Does anyone know who owned this truck?