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First constructed in 1919 as part of the rail link between Warragul and Noojee and known only as the no.7 ( as it was the seventh bridge between the two towns). The bridge has seen it's fair share of disastrous brushfires, needing to be repaired several times and in 1939 was completely burnt down and rebuilt in the same year.
Photo from Railways Victoria. Picture of Noojee bridge 1934
The train line carried goods and passenger trains and if you think train services are bad now, the 143km trip from Flinders St Station to Noojee took 6 hours!
During the 1930's the Victorian Railways was at an all time low and with a deficit of 1 million pounds they cut train services from Warragul to Noojee and after only 10 years they cut services to 3 goods trains a week and stopping passenger trains completely.
Noojee Trestle Bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria and is now apart of the rail trail. There is a 3 km (one way) walk that follows the old train line through beautiful forest, the walk is flat and gravel the entire way, it's suitable for all fitness levels.
The trestle bridge spans an extraordinary 102 meters and is 21 meters high with 19 sets of piles.
On March the 24th this year, the Noojee and District Historical society started the process of their 5 stage plan to restore the railway line between Noojee and the trestle bridge. Bringing a J550 locomotive by road to the former railway sight in Noojee from Warragul to be completed in the future with goods shed, station, turntable and an underground museum and cultural centre.
March 24th relocating the train ( Noojee Historic Society)
You can can help the historical society by 'adopting a sleeper' for $50, for more information check out their website.
Adopt a sleeper
I'm sure many train buffs and history enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting the completion of the former rail line and surrounds.
How to get to Noojee Trestle Bridge:
From Melbourne, Noojee is 100km east, head along the Princes Freeway (M1), turn left at the Drouin exit and follow the signs to Noojee, the trestle bridge is sign posted off Yarra Junction Rd (2km from Noojee)
The bridge is now apart of the Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail, which you can't walk on but the trail goes around the bridge and onto the old rail line.
To get to the Crossover Bridge from Neerim Rd turn into Bloomfield Rd and follow the road to a sign where there is a car park. Also along Bloomfield Rd, access to the other side to the bridge can be gained from Bridge Rd, turn down there and follow it until you come to the bridge, the road terminates at the bridge.
i used to live at the drouin west end of the west jindivick road.manys the time i rode my pushbike to crossover and stood on the old road bridge and looked down into the railway cutting.It used to give me the creeps as I suffer terribly from the fear of heights.My older brother peter and I went on the last train ever to rokeby as they were pulling up the line and when we drove home from Warragul later in the afternoon the line had been pulled up back to Bravington.I was about 15 at the time.great photos and description.
Wow!!! I loved your article Lorraine. It's so well researched, and you have included many beautiful photos. Thank you also for giving such clear directions to get there. I will definitely find time to bring my family to explore this place.