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Rheinbrücke Waldshut–Koblenz (Waldshut-Koblenz Bridge)

Rheinbrücke Waldshut–Koblenz (Waldshut-Koblenz Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 10, 2017

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (S-Bahn Aargau and S-Bahn Zürich) Over Rhine River (Rhein)
Waldshut-Tiengen and Koblenz: Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg and Aargau: Germany (Deutschland) and Switzerland (Schweiz)
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Lattice Deck Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1859 By Builder/Contractor: Gebrüder Benckiser of Pforzheim, Germany and Engineer/Design: Robert Gerwig
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Main Span Length
180.1 Feet (54.9 Meters)
Structure Length
623.3 Feet (190 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This is one of the most historically significant surviving historic bridges in this part of Europe. So many of the bridges over the larger rivers like the Rhine were destroyed during World War II, that any surviving pre-war bridges like this bridge in the region are rare and noteworthy on that basis alone. On top of that, this particular bridge is an old, largely unaltered, and and noteworthy example of a lattice girder bridge. It was the first railway bridge built on the Rhine below Lake Constance.

The bridge was built for what was at the time the Swiss Northeastern Railway.

This bridge has defied plans for its destruction more than once in its life, including a plan to blow the bridge up in 1912 and a canceled plan by the Germans to blow the bridge up in 1945. Perhaps most remarkably (and perhaps frightening to anyone crossing the bridge on the S-Bahn), a Wikipedia article claims that this bridge (along with many other bridges) up until as recently as 2014 literally had explosive TNT stashed inside one of the piers so it could be blown up in the event of war.

Above: Robert Gerwig, engineer for the bridge.


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