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Dömitzer Eisenbahnbrücke (Dömitz Railway Bridge) (Approach Spans)

Dömitzer Eisenbahnbrücke (Dömitz Railway Bridge) (Approach Spans)

Primary Photographer(s): Jason D. Smith, The Bridgehunter's Chronicles

Bridge Documented: August 23, 2020

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned) Over Elbe River
Location
Langendorf: Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen): Germany (Deutschland)
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1873 By Builder/Contractor: Hackort Steel and Engineer/Design: Ernst Häseler

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
111 Feet (34 Meters)
Structure Length
1,780 Feet (542 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
16 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Once the longest bridge in Germany with a variety of span types, only a long series of approach spans remain today, but these spans alone remain highly significant. There are long-term plans to preserve these remaining spans.

The bridge was bombed on April 20, 1945 which destroyed some spans. In 1977-1978 more spans were demolished including a surviving through truss span. In 1987-1988 the remaining spans on the East German side were demolished. This left the pony truss spans on the western side as seen today.

Dimensions and span configurations as listed in the Bridge Browser above refer to the surviving portions of the bridge as seen today.

Jason Smith provided the following dimensions and span arrangements for the bridge as originally built:

The total length of the Dömitz Railroad Bridge upon completion in 1873 was 1050 meters, equivalent to 3445 feet.  When the bridge opened in August 1873, it was the longest bridge in Germany.

The total number of spans for the bridge was 25.  Arranged from west to east (Lower Saxony to Mecklenburg-Pommerania (MV)) the bridge consisted of the following:

16 Parker pony trusses (each span 33.9 meters)

4 Schwedler through trusses (each span 67.8 meters)

1 deck plate girder swing span (36.4 meters total), and

4 Parker pony trusses (each span 33.9 meters)

The Bridgehunter Chronicles has further information about the bridge.

Additional information and history is also available here.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Above: Demolition of a Schwedler truss span in 1977-8.

 

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
53.130769,11.245160

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