NZASM South-Eastern Line Bridge over the Groot Spruit
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Groot Spruit Bridge lies south of Greylingstad and north of Val. The original sandstone piers which once carried two flanking plate girder bridges of 15m spans between the bank abutments and central piers with a central fish-belly plate girder bridge of 20m span. In the Anglo-Boer War in the Great Retreat of February to September of 1900 it was blown up by the NZASM blasting experts who had previously served with the Corps of Engineers of the Netherlands army, but by July of that year repaired by the ROYAL ENGINEERS. The original girders have been replaced but the sandstone piers are incorporated into the present double-track railway bridge, the line was doubled with matching concrete piers alongside the sandstone.
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