Luobuxi Railway Bridge

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Luobuxi Railway Bridge
落步溪大桥
Tuchengxiang, Hubei, China
(394) feet high / (120) meters high
584 foot span / 178 meter span
2010

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The amazing Yi-wan Railway opened in 2010 as the most difficult train line project ever undertaken in China. The Yichang to Enshi section of the railway bypasses the 3 Gorges stretch of the Yangtze River with a seemingly endless succession of tunnels and bridges. It is rare for any rail line in the world to have a single bridge over 280 feet (85 meters) high - the Yiwan Railway line has fifteen that exceed that height threshold!.

With more than 70 percent of the route either in a tunnel or on a bridge, the complex geology of the terrain forced the engineers to overcome landslides, falling rocks and steep terrain.

The 15 highest bridges include Wanzhou Yangtze, Shuangliu, Sibuhe, Yeyabang, Zhoubadeng, Dukouhe, Yaojiawan, Makou, Mashuihe, Longwangmiao, Yesanhe, Yexihe, Zhaojialing, Shizikou and Luobuxi Bridges.

The Luobuxi bridge spans a deep chasm with two large concrete ribs that are 41 feet (12.5 mtrs) apart at the base and 18 feet (5.5 mtrs) apart at the crown. The 584 foot (178 mtr) span has a rise of 130 feet (40 mtrs).


中国第二高度的铁路拱桥结构,落步溪大桥跨越深渊,位于令人难以置信的宜万铁路工程上,这条铁路将连接其三峡大坝不远处的宜昌市和重庆直辖市的滨江城市万县。为了能够支撑起这条双线铁路,拱桥结构设置了两道巨大的混凝土拱圈,在拱脚间距12.5米、拱顶间距5.5米。178米的主跨矢高40米高。

落步溪大桥是这条几乎与“世界最高悬索桥和最高拱桥之家”的沪蓉西高速公路平行的宜万铁路干线上的最高的桥梁之一。全线建有大量的隧道、各种形式和规模的桥梁的宜万铁路预计将于2010年通车。


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Image by www.enshi.cn


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Luobuxi Railway Bridge satellite image.


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Luobuxi Railway Bridge location map.


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The 15 highest bridges along the Yi-Wan Railway line between Yichang and Wanzhou cities.

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