Indian Railway is one of the largest railways in the world. It was first introduced in Mumbai to Thane in the year 1853. The Railway comprises 115,000 km (71,000 m) of track over a route of 67,312 km (41,826 m) and 7,112 stations. It has the world’s fourth largest railway network after the United States, Russia and China.
The Indian Railway has some of the beautiful bridges:
Pamban Bridge (2,300 m long)
India’s first sea bridge and was the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in 2010. It is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India.
Chenab Bridge (1,300 m long)
Chenab Bridge is the world’s highest railway bridge (359 m (1,178 ft) above the river). It is an arch bridge at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir. The bridge is a part of the 73-km-long Katra-Dharam section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link project being executed to provide rail connectivity to the Kashmir valley.
Saraighat Bridge (1,492 m long)
Saraighat Bridge is the first rail cum road bridge in India. It is constructed over the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati. In 1962 the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru opened this bridge to traffic. The bridge was built for the North Frontier Railway.
Vembanad Rail Bridge (4,620 m long)
Kerala’s Vembanad Rail Bridge was the longest rail bridge in India during its construction. The construction took almost 3 years to complete (June 2007-31 March, 2010). The rail is connecting Edappally and Vallarpadam in Kochi.
Jubilee Bridge (417 m long)
Jubilee Bridge is an important rail bridge over Hooghly River between Naihati and Bandel in West Bengal, India. This Bridge is flanked on either side by Garifa and Hooghly Ghat stations.
This bridge was first opened on 16 February 1885 in the fiftieth or jubilee year of the reign of Queen Victoria.
Panvalnadi Bridge (424 m long)
The Panvalnadi bridge is the tallest bridge on the Panval river in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. The tallest pier of the bridge is 64m above bed level. The bridge was built for Konkan Railway and was the first bridge built in India using the incremental launching technique.
Vivekananda Setu (880 m long)
Vivekananda Setu is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. This bridge is also known as Willingdon Bridge and Bally Bridge. It links the city of Howrah to Kolkata. It was built in 1932.
Godavari Arch Bridge (2,745 m long)
The Godavari Arch Bridge is a bowstring-girder bridge that spans the Godavari River in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. This bridge is also known as Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge. The bridge is one of the longest span prestressed concrete arch bridge in Asia. This is a single track rail bridge which designed to run trains at a speed of 160 miles (260 km) per hour.
Sharavati Bridge (2,060 m long)
Karnataka’s longest railway bridge Sharavati Bridge completed in 1994. It carries the Konkan Railway on Shravati River and is the longest bridge on that railway.
Godavari Bridge (4,200 m long; 2,700 m rail and 4,200 m road)
The other name of the Godavari Bridge is Kovvur–Rajahmundry Bridge. It is Asia’s third longest road cum rail bridge. It is truss bridge spanning Godavari River in Rajahmundry.
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