In The Rough


  • Maribyrnong River Viaduct
  • Flooring Specials

maribyrnong river viaduct

The Maribyrnong River starts life in the Macedon Ranges and meanders through the broad basalt plain that underlies the rocky grasslands beyond Melbourne's western suburbs. Approaching the Yarra it carves out a deep and sinuous channel - widening occasionally to a narrow valley that is 50 to 60 metres below the top of the plain at Keilor and the northern edge of Sunshine.

Old photographs taken by Weston Langford show great detail of steam trains crossing the Albion Viaduct in the middle of last century.

It is difficult nowadays to imagine how much of a barrier the gorge formed by the river was to the passage of goods during the first 100 years of settlement in Victoria.

Shallow fords across the river in these middle reaches were the only routes that could be taken from Melbourne to Geelong and Ballarat by travellers for many years until the first bridges across the Maribyrnong River were built. 

Victorian Railways photographs taken during construction of the viaduct.


The first road bridges descended the valleys and crossed close to the river level. To avoid these steep grades, rail bridges needed to be built at a narrowing of the river valley - the viaduct maintaining the level of the plain. Completed in 1929, the steel framed rail trestle bridge - also called the Albion Viaduct - carried the main country rail goods lines from western and northern Victoria across the gorge to the Tottenham marshalling yards. 

Constructed in steel, the bridge nonetheless required timber roads to support the sleepers and track. A recent refurbishment of these roads involved the removal of all timbers - including many fine condition timbers along with those that had lost integrity due to weathering.

The worst of them are no doubt fuelling wood fires and heaters around the state, whilst the Ironbarks in good condition now live at Timberzoo and are offered for resale.


Recycled Ironbark

170 x 170mm (4.5m)   Rate: $140.00/m

Most lengths are furrowed with age and weathering but are possessed of a solid core - such is the tenacity of ironbark timber.

These timbers are great for outdoor structures, landscaping and seating.



Recycled Ironbark

400mm rounds   Rate: $305.00/m

In many ways these baulks of hardwood are some of the most attractive timbers we have seen here in yard stocks. 

They hail from rail bridge replacement works near Cairns in Far North Queensland.

The 5.6 metre girders are mostly de-sapped or have a narrow perimeter of creamy durable sapwood which is finely furrowed
and has immense visual appeal - say for oversized stanchions in a coastal build.



Recycled Timber Trusses

In fine grained Dougas Fir

$550.00 each

All nine of these trusses spanning 8.5 metres would build someone with a country block, a great studio or workshop. 

Not your traditional gable-pitched formation - but a more versatile sawtooth shape - allowing clerestory windows in a studio and good natural light. 

Iron bolts, square inset washers and metal straps add to the historic feel of these old trusses.

Timberzoo can supply you some great recycled lining board options to complement these textures.


Sawtooth Lining Board

130 x 14mm   Rate: $48.00/m2


Douglas Fir Lining

T & G   125 x 15mm   Rate: $55.00/m2


DAR Recycled Messmate

270 x 40mm   Rate: $69.00/m

It is not usual to find ceiling joists with a depth of 300mm in single story factories - but no# 81 Leveson Street, North Melbourne had a ceiling supported by 300 x 50mm timbers with a low pitching roof framed immediately above it. We can only suppose that the original builders of this 1930s brick factory anticipated returning at a later date, in order to construct another floor above these joists, and so made them load-bearing. As things turned out, the idea of multi-level development on this site did not find favour until 2012, and the timber framing was deemed by then to have outlived its structural usefulness - which suited Timberzoo just fine. These sawn timbers under an iron roof are always dry and well seasoned. Planing them to a dressed 40mm thickness removes all unevenness in the face of the board and straight-line edging restores each 4.0 metre length to true. Perfect for benches and shelving.

Skip-dressed boards case-dry in Drying Shed before final dressing.

Timberzoo's new Drying Shed is fired by recycled wood waste.

Macrocarpa Cypress Posts

200 x 200mm (3.0m to 4.8m)   Rate: $80.00/m

Salvaged from farm windbreak replacement, these timbers are a well-priced alternative to recycled hardwood posts - particularly when square section is required.

Contrary to public expectations, factory and bridge salvage inevitably delivers rectangular beams
- calculated to produce greatest load-bearing for minimum sectional dimension.

These site-milled square posts can be teamed with 225 x 75mm beams (Rate: $38.00/m) in Macrocarpa or Monterey Cypress for pergolas.


Recycled Sawtooth-faced Beams

130 x 42mm   Rate: $19.00/m

We have in stock many hundreds of skip-dressed Douglas Fir beams in a fine-grained select grade - all approx. 3.0 metre long to suit an industrial-look interior fit-out.

Consider this product for studios, sheds and covered outdoor patios.

It has a genuinely timeless look and is a quality timber - not your ordinary builder's grade - available at a good price.


flooring specials!!

KD NFG Stringybark

130 x 19mm   Rate: $66.00/m2

I like the overall length of these stringybarks - lots of boards exceeding 3.0 metres - which is not always expected in end-matched batches of hardwood flooring nowadays. Messmate Stringybark looks a lot like Brown Barrel, Yellow Stringybark and Silvertop Ash in appearance and they work well together as a mixed Stringybark floor at a great price. They have always proved more popular than new Tasmanian Oak due to the deeper brown tones of the polished boards. Come in and see the finished displays in our Flooring Showroom - a great place for designers and builders to bring clients. All members of the public welcome without appointment 7.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturdays.