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Victoria Bridge across Perak River, circa 1899, 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 3/21

Scope and Contents

285 x 210 mm (mounted on card). A view showing the Victoria Bridge, an iron girder construction mounted on stone piles, on the Ipoh-Taiping line and Enggor. The Perak River at this point is over 1000 feet wide and subject to severe flooding; original designs had allowed for a rail level 34 feet above the normal water line, but this was later changed to 40, a valuable decision in the light of the 1926 floods which brought the water level up to the bottom booms of the bridge. Preliminary bores were taken along the central line of the bridge in 1897, and after delays caused by floodingin 1897 and 1898 and the non-arrival of steel in 1899, the bridge was opened for traffic on March 21, 1900. This photograph was probably taken shortly before this time since although the bridge appears finished there is still scaffolding in place at the farther end.


  • Creation: 1899


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition.


This photograph was used as an illustration in Swettenham, Sir, Frank, (1907) British Malaya, p. 284.




G R Lambert and Co

Finding aid date

2002-05-08 14:11:35+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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