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Mary Valley Railway crosses Yabba Creek by a 5 span high-level bridge.

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The 5 span Imbil Railway Bridge is a classified heritage item. It carries the Mary Valley Branch Railway across Yabba Creek.

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Comments (10)

Palmina Moore on January 31, 2008

Wonderful bridge Ian Lovely shot!


Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2008


It was a red bridge throughout my 16 years as a child at home. Later they painted it grey, and now I'm not sure whether it is rust that's showing or the old red paint.

The mother and daughter on the bridge are my very special "fostered" daughter and granddaughter from Vanuatu who were spent the recent Christmas holidays with us. It was such a wonderful privilege to let them experience the Australia I knew intimately and love.


rav200 on January 31, 2008

Ian, it's a beautiful shot! And those two women... Congratulations!! Is this railway still in use?

Jorge Luis Bilbao on January 31, 2008

Great composition Ian; your picture is very beautiful... See your photos always give pleasure.

Greetings from Tandil, Argentina


Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2008

Hi Rafal and Jorge,

Thankyou both for your reactions to this picture. I am pleased that you appreciated beauty, compostion and the these two special women from my life.

Rafal, this line is no longer functioning as a freight line, but an historical railway organization operates tourist trains on the line. It is a 25mile (40km) line from Gympie to Imbil. They have a C17 steam loco and two diesel railmotors that run the line usually 3 days per week. It has been a very good operation, which the government endorses.

All freight now goes by road (large tonnages of sawn timber, sawdust, logs as well as pineapples and general freight)


Your wonderful photo of your sister walking on a railway is a far better composition and image than this one. However, I travelled to high school on this railway line 40kms x 2 times x 5 days x 42 weeks x 5 years = 84000 kms! So I know this line so well and of course it is very nostalgic, for me. I doubt that very few others, train drivers included ever spent as much time on this line as me!

Kind regards,


© SisAnnick on February 1, 2008

oh Ian, what a very good one !!!

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2008

Dear Annick,

What else could I do? I just pointed and clicked. It created itself. All I did was receive it.

What else could I do? In our Panoramio network there is a lot of revealing of ourselves and our world going on. As I have crossed this bridge more than 2000 times during my school days, I just had to come with me to be uploaded for you all.

Glad you enjoyed my bridge.


Marilyn Whiteley on February 2, 2008

This also caught my eye, Ian, when I didn't have time to read or write. Thank you for sharing the photo, recollections, and arithmetic! Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2008

Dear Marilyn,

I am sorry that this is very belated. Somehow I missed seeing your comment come through. But I appreciate your visit, comment and especially the sense of having shared a little more of my world, albeit youthful nostalgia, with you.

And I have been enjoying visiting your album and conversations again and again..that's how I saw this message.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on September 28, 2008

Dear Gerry,

This high level bridge has never been flooded, though Imbil's main shopping precinct which is adjacent has been partially. For many years the 1955 58' flood level was marked on one of the concrete pylons of this bridge, because at the time of the flood the Railway Bridge painters were on the bridge working, so when the flood receeded they recorded the high water level.

I clearly remember this 1955 flood for we had to evacuate from our home, though thankfully it was not flooded, but the river rose up to our back garden. Trees, cattle, pigs, more trees, sheds all went floating by in the raging torrent as we watched from our window, during the course of that week. Quite an event it was.

Then there was a flood in 1954, the year earlier, when my Grandfather died of a heart attack. Dad had to wade through floodwaters chest high and in the dark of night through the forestry rainforest to get from the sawmill where we were living (Dad was manager) to Granddad's house in town. Then they took the body on a railway hand pumper 20miles to the flooded Dawn Bridge over the Mary River, where Grandad's body was taken across in a row boat to be taken to the morgue in Gympie. It was certainly high drama for my Dad, at the time.

Good to share stories and memories with you, Gerry.


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  • Uploaded on January 30, 2008
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    by Ian Stehbens