Friday, 4 September 2015

Nijmegen Railway Bridge, Netherlands.

The Nijmegen railway bridge is a truss bridge spanning the River Waal connecting the city of  Nijmegen to the town of  Lent in Netherlands. Construction started in 1875, on the site of an ancient Roman bridge, and was completed 4 years later in 1879. It originally consisted of 3 truss arches.  The railway bridge's construction meant that train connections to  Arnhem were possible, thus Nijmegen was the last major city in the Netherlands to be connected to the national rail network. The middle arch of the bridge was destroyed twice during the Second World War but despite this it survived the conflict. The abutment was also damaged by the Germans who mounted  anti-aircraft guns on each of the towers. The bridge was involved in  Operation Market Garden and was intended to be a key objective for the Allies to hold. The bridge was reconstructed in 1984, still in the truss style but only one arch was kept in the design. Only the brick abutment remains from the original structure. it was instead declared a national monument. In 2004. The bridge carries 2 railway lines and is 675 metres in length.

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