The Guillemard Bridge
The Guillemard Bridge, over the Kusial River is also known as Kusial Bridge. It was constructed in 1920 by The Metro Carriage Wagon & Finance Company Limited, Wednesbury Works, England and completed in 1924 officiated by Sultan Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV. During the Second World War (1941-1945) the bridge were severely damaged and thus re-built in 1948. It was officiated for the second time by Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV, the Sultan of Kelantan on the 7th September 1948. Spanning 609.6 meter, it was previously used by all vehicles but usage has been limited to train in 1st February1988 when the new concrete bridge connecting Tanah Merah to Machang was built. The bridge was named after the name of a British Straits Settlement Governor and The Malay States High Commisioner in 1920s, Sir Laurence Guillemard. It connects Paloh Rawa in Machang to Kursial in Tanah Merah crossing the murky Kelantan River and the bridge is still in use, acting as a vital link for the East Coast Train Line (KTMB) from Gemas to Tumpat. Surprisingly, The Guillemard Bridge was claimed as the Longest Railway Bridge in Malaysia. Look some of the photos that I’ve taken during a visit to this momentous bridge, walking from Paloh Rawa until Kusial for about half kilometers on the steel floor, losing my equilibrium only to get the best view of this bridge despite having Alto-phobia. 🙂
The Guillemard Bridge In History:
* Courtesy of Arkib Negara Malaysia ( National Archive ) search site.