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Como Bridge - Trail Description

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Como Bridge

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Oatley and Como 20 km south of Sydney
Start/end: Oatley to Como
Status: Open
Length open: 1.5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: flat
Public transport: Train
Contact Region: Sydney & Blue Mountains
The Oatley/Como Rail Trail Bridge
The Oatley/Como Rail Trail Bridge
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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Features

A rail trail that follows part of the approach easement (from Oatley) then crosses the former Como Railway Bridge to Como. This old bridge lies next to a more modern dual track suburban/country rail bridge carrying the main south coast line traffic.

The old bridge is significant as the longest single track lattice girder bridge in New South Wales and is a rare example of its type. Connects the riverside suburbs of Oatley and Como in Sydney's south.

Description

Approx one kilometre from Oatley Railway station (north) a sealed walking and cycle path commences at the end of Myra Place. It travels south along the old railway corridor, crosses the bridge and finishes in Cremona Rd Como (south). The entire pathway is some 1.5 kilometres in length.

At the Como end, the pathway continues through The Como Reserve to the historic Como Hotel and adjacent streets. We suggest users consult with web sites that deal with Sydney bicycle pathways for further information about interconnecting pathways.

Background Information

This former Railway Bridge spans the George’s river and connects the southern suburbs of Como (to the south) and Oatley (to the north) that lie on either side of the river. This steel truss bridge was opened in 1885 and once carried a single track on the main line from Sydney to Port Kembla. In 1972 it was closed and replaced by an adjacent new double track bridge. A well maintained black top carriageway has been installed on the old bridge providing an excellent walking and cycling route for recreational use.

Links

To report damage or problems on this trail click on link below or phone number below.

Kogarah City Council

Phone: 02 9330 9400

April 2012

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: nsw@railtrails.org.au.

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24 March , 2016 by cascho

I rode this trail late this afternoon (24/3/16), and it’s a great little trail. The bridge over the Georges River is the highlight with good views. Surface quality is fine and no major obstacles that a rider needs to worried about. Alot of pedestrians.

16 November , 2012 by Hicky

G'day, I ride the bridge a couple of times each week. There are two things that riders should know. Firstly, there is a 30m section at the southern end between the lookout and the railway access gate where the surface is very bumby. On a road bike it is very uncomfortable. Secondly, the posted maximum speed for bicycles is - wait for it - 5kph! If you try to ride at that pace you will be passed by pedestrians. Other than that, it's a great venue to ride. Bill

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