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Bridge outside Colombo [?Maha Oya Bridge], 1867

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303A/8

Scope and Contents

237 x 182 mm. View looking towards an unidentified girder railway bridge standing on stone piers. The structure fits the description given of the Maha Oya Bridge in the Fergusons's account of the line: ‘The river had scarcely any water, looking a most insignificant streamlet although its wide bed indicated a different character during the wet season when it rises 22 feet above summer level. The bridge over this river [was] one of the most trying works on the line, consisting of 5 spans of 60 feet, and 2 of 20 feet each, is 352.5 feet long altogether, about 25 feet above water, and cost £10,000. The girders are supported on stone piers, the construction of which involved formidable difficulties and considerable danger', (p. 6).


  • 1867

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Finding aid date

2015-09-08 11:40:41+00:00

Includes index.

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