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NZASM Barberton Branch Line Bridge over the Kaap River (Joe's Luck Bridge)
Barberton district, Mpumalanga

NZASM: Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij: Architect

Type:Railway Bridge


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25°40'09.28" S 31°07'51.57" E Alt: 549m

The bridge consists of two inverted steel girders spanning 30m, one fish belly plate girder of 20m span, and one plate girder bridge of 10m span. The two plate girders were added to lengthen the span when the bridge was redesigned after the flooding and damage of February 1895. PETTEGREW and CO were awarded the contract which started in 1893. Flooding in February 1895 led to severe damage of the bridge, then still under construction, straining the resources of the contractor and the syndicate was dissolved, the NZASM taking over the contract. The bridge was redesigned and the superstructure raised and span increased by 30m in total, the abutments changed into two arched piers by the firm of MOWAT AND STILL. The steel was manufactured by the Pletterij Den Haag of the Netherlands.

(De Jong et al. 1988: 220)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J & Fisher, Roger C. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 120, 121
De Jong, RC, Van der Waal, GM & Heydenrych, DH. 1988. NZASM 100 : 1887-1899, the buildings, steam engines and structures of the Netherlands South African Railway Company. Pretoria: C. Van Rensburg Publications on behalf of the Human Sciences Research Council. pg 220