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Leycester Creek railway bridge
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Leycester Creek railway bridge over Terania Street, 2010
Coordinates 28°48′08″S 153°16′16″E / 28.8021°S 153.2712°E / -28.8021; 153.2712Coordinates: 28°48′08″S 153°16′16″E / 28.8021°S 153.2712°E / -28.8021; 153.2712
Carries Murwillumbah railway line
  • Pine Street
  • Leycester Creek
  • Union Street
Locale Lismore, City of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Owner RailCorp
Followed by Colemans Bridge
Design Truss bridge and viaduct
Material Steel
Pier construction Timber
Longest span 5.2 metres (17 ft)
Number of spans 3
Clearance below 3.8 metres (12 ft)
above Union Street
Constructed by Crosbie, Marquand and Co.
Construction begin 1891
Construction end October 1892 (1892-10)
Construction cost 22,110
Opened May 1894 (1894-05)
Official name: Lismore railway underbridges
Type: State heritage (built)
Designated: 2 April 1999
Reference #: 1044
Type: Railway Bridge / Viaduct
Category: Transport - Rail

The Leycester Creek railway bridge is a heritage-listed railway bridge and viaduct that carries the mostly-closed Murwillumbah railway line across Leycester Creek and Pine and Union Streets in Lismore, in the City of Lismore local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The bridge is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales and was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.


The bridge was built by contractors Crosbie, Marquand and Co. The contract included both the Leycester Creek and Wilson's Creek bridges, the contractors accepting 20,708 to build the two bridges, later increased to A£22,110. Construction suffered various delays, such as damaged and broken iron cylinders, but was finally completed in October 1892. It was claimed at the bridge's completion that it was the first steel bridge in the country. The railway over the bridge opened in May 1894.

The bridge has been disused since the closure of the Murwillumbah railway line in 2004.


The bridge consists of a steel three-span truss along with three sets of timber viaducts over the flood plain, with one 3.7-metre (12 ft), one 4.9-metre (16 ft) and one 5.2-metre (17 ft) spans.

Heritage listing

The Lismore bridges and viaducts are a fine set of bridges all in one location demonstrating the problems of building railways in this flood prone area dating from 1892.

Lismore railway underbridges was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 having satisfied the following criteria.

The place possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.

This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as scientifically rare. This item is assessed as arch. rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.

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