John Monash: Engineering enterprise prior to WW1.

Wheeler's Bridge. Alternative schemes for bridges of varying length and height.

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Portion of a drawing showing the profile of the gully with multiple schemes for Wheeler's Bridge superimposed. The adopted two-arch scheme predominates, with tall abutment blocks based well down the banks. On the right-hand side, an alternative is indicated, which would have had larger spans with abutment blocks set high up the bank. (The left-hand span is not shown.) This scheme includes part of the falsework truss required to support the arch during casting.

Two single-span solutions are shown: a high-level version with tall abutments, and a low level version. The latter would have greatly restricted the waterway and required deep cuttings for the approach roads.

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