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The Guillemard Bridge

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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.🙂

A rustic steel bridge.

Linking from Paloh Rawa in Machang to Kursial in Tanah Merah.

View from Paloh Rawa in Machang.

The bridge was named after the name of a British Straits Settlement Governor and The Malay States High Commisioner in 1920s,, Sir Laurence Guillemard.

Screw-in Steel

An old railway wooden.

Rusty steel support of old railway bridge.

metal screw (or lag bolt)) used to fix each section

The Guillemard Bridge

The Guillemard Bridge

Between two sections of the bridge

crossing Kelantan River.

The Guillemard Bridge

The murky Kelantan River

Zooming Machang-Tanah Merah Bridge

The Guillemard Bridge

A signboard bearing the word, " Metro Carriage Wagon & Finance.Co ".

The Guillemard Bridge

The Guillemard Bridge: View from Kusial.

Kusial View from The Guillemard Bridge .

Timber Railway Sleeper.

Concrete Bridge pillars

Railway's Silhouette View.

The Guillemard Bridge

The Guillemard Bridge

Still magnificent despite built in 1920s

The Guillemard Bridge

The Longest Railway Bridge in Malaysia

The Guillemard Bridge: The Kelantanese pride

The Guillemard Bridge In History:

The Guillemard Bridge, during construction in 1920s.

Taken 7 March 1929: Left to right: J. STRACHAN, GENERAL MANAGER OF RAILWAYS; LADY PEEL; MR. HASKINS AND SIR WILLIAM PEEL during the visit by some British officers.

The Guillemard Bridge after its opening.

during the WW2, the bridge partly demolished by the British, in an attempt to stop the marching of Japanese troops.

* Courtesy of Arkib Negara Malaysia ( National Archive ) search site.

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

July 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. wow!!!!! panda demo ambik gamba…..angle2 yg sgt cantik…thanks for sharing bro


    July 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM

  2. masa blajar sejarah form 3…xtaw p0n jambatan guillemard ni…
    cg p0n xpasti kt mana….
    apa2p0n tq p0st info ni…

    Fakhruddin Aziz

    July 23, 2011 at 7:35 AM

  3. mohon share,saya ni anak jati kusial bharu

    Mohd Nazri Mohd Nawi

    September 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM

  4. Saudara Muhammad Ismail diucap terima kasih kerana info yang sangat berguna ini…… untuk generasi generasi sekarang dan akan datang. Inilah pembinaan sejarah yang ditinggalkan olih British untuk kita …… dan digalakan lagi pada saudara mencari lagi bahan bahan peninggalan sejarah yang ditinggalkan olih penjajah…. Semuga berjaya hendaknya……

    Pak Brown

    December 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

  5. Salam. Saya nak tanya.

    1) Kenapa Bridge ni ditutup?
    2) Apakah Condition Bridge ni? Masih boleh digunakan untuk laluan kenderaan?

    Soalan ini untuk Research saya. Terima Kasih Atas kerjasama.

    Yuyu Gagain (@NuhYuh)

    September 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    • hanya ditutup untuk kenderaan sahaja selepas jambatan yg menghubungkan machang-tanah merah dibina..

      faizal saleh

      December 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      • saya sempat berjumpa dengan orang yang meletupkan jambatan ini semasa melarikan pembesar Inggeris ke Kuala Lumpur, beliau telah meninggal dunia – kuburnya berada di Gua Musang, namanya Tok Chu Husin.

        sam jr. ramly

        February 22, 2016 at 2:11 AM

  6. […] railway truss bridge to the Victoria Bridge is the Guillemard Bridge in Kelantan. However, the Guillemard Bridge has a slightly more historical angle to it than the Victoria […]

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