Mashuihe Railway Bridge

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Mashuihe Railway Bridge
马水河铁路桥
Enshi, Hubei, China
427 feet high / 130 meters high
381 foot span / 116 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 Mashuihe River Railway Bridge is a towering beam span with a T-shaped configuration of 116+ 116+ 32 meters atop a central pier 108 meters tall. The total length is 281.66 meters.


马水河铁路桥位于中国湖北省深山之中,是新建的宜万铁路线上的最高的桥梁中的一座。宜万铁路线从宜昌到万县,线路大致与“世界上最高的悬索桥和拱桥”所在的沪蓉西高速公路干线相平行。宜万铁路上布满了隧道和各种形式和规模的桥梁,这条双线铁路将于2010年开通。世界上的铁路迷们,欢呼吧!


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The local road crosses the Mashui River on this simple frame bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Mashuihe Railway Bridge satellite image.


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

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