The next time you’re travelling through the Norther Rivers Hinterland town of Eltham, you will see this abandoned railway bridge.

The place

Eltham sits in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. With a population of around 340 people, this little town is approximaly 40 minutes drive south west of Byron Bay. Along the old Murwillumbah branch line is Eltham Station. Next to the station is this railway bridge. It’s seen better days.

If you’re visting the area, stop in at the Eltham Pub or have a hit at the local tennis courts.

Here is a short story on my “Eltahm Railway Bridge” photo.

The prep

We were heading down (from Toowoomba) to Evans Head, New South Wales for a week’s holiday.

We don’t visit the area very often so I wanted to make good use of my time here. I did a general search on Google images, Pinterest and Instagram and came across photographs of this old bridge. The colours of this rusting truss bridge stood out. With the bushes and trees encroaching through the side panels, I knew that this had to be a colour photo. I don’t see many of this type of bridge in South East Queensland so I wanted to make an image.

I would normally check sunset and sunrise times to work out the best times for great light but as this was a holiday, I took my chances.

We wanted to explore the area taking in Lismore, Nimben, Ballina, and Byron Bay so planned the route to include Eltham.

We arrived late morning and after a walk around decided a very low angle would suit the subject. I felt making the railway lines a strong part of the image would help tell the story.

My thoughts

This is one of my favourite bridge images.

I’m happy with how the colours of the truss and railway lines sit against the blue sky. I wanted the low angle and the lines of the tracks to lead the viewer into the photograph. What I wanted to give you the feeling that you’d like to walk across.

I think I’ve done that.

Thank you for taking the time to read the story of this photograph.

Framing suggestions

Whether it’s an off-white or almost black mat, this photographs comes up well.

With the railway lines and rusty trusses, why not use a frame with a distressed, industrial look. To frame this print, we chose Anvil Bolted. A moulding from Megawood’s Anvil range.

You can order your copy from my online store today.