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India's amazing railway bridges

Last updated on: October 10, 2011 09:15 IST

Image: Chenab Railway Bridge

The Indian Railways has 114,500 kilometres of total track over a route of 65,000 kilometres and 7,500 stations.

It has the world's fourth largest railway network after the United States, Russia and China.

The Indian Railways has some of the best railway bridges in the world.

Take a look at the amazing railway bridges in India...

Chenab Railway Bridge

Chenab River Railway Bridge is a 359 metres high arch bridge at Katra in Jammu-Kashmir.

It will be the tallest railway bridge in the world, after completion in 2015.

The 1.3-km-long bridge is a part of the 73-km-long Katra-Dharam section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project being executed to provide rail connectivity to the Kashmir valley.


India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Vembanad Rail Bridge.

Vembanad Rail Bridge

Kerala has the longest rail bridge in India. Stretcing across a distance of 4.62 kilometres, the bridge is part of a 8.6-km railway link connecting Edapalli to the International Container Transhipment Terminal at Vallarpadam in Kochi.


India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Pamban Bridge.

Pamban Bridge

India's first sea bridge, the Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait. It connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island (Tamil Nadu) to mainland India.

It is the second longest sea bridge in India at a length of about 2.3 kilometres.


India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Saraighat bridge.

Saraighat bridge

Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, Assam.

It was opened to passenger traffic in June 1963.



India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Godavari Arch Bridge.

Godavari Arch Bridge

Also called the Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge, it is built across the Godavari River in Rajamundry in Andhra Pradesh.

The single-track railway bridge is designed to run trains at a speed of 160 miles (260 km) per hour.


India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Vivekananda Setu.

Vivekananda Setu

Also called Willingdon Bridge, it is built over the Hooghly River in West Bengal.

It links the city of Howrah to Kolkata. Built in 1932, it is a multispan steel bridge built to provide road-cum-rail link between the Calcutta Port and its hinterland.


India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Jubilee Bridge.

Jubilee Bridge

Jubilee Bridge is an important rail bridge over Hooghly River between Naihati and Bandel.

The bridge is flanked on either side by Garifa and Hooghly Ghat stations. The bridge was opened in February 1887 during the jubilee year of the reign of Queen Victoria.


India's amazing railway bridges

Image: Panvalnadi Bridge.

Panvalnadi Bridge

Stretching across a length of 424 metres, the bridge on the Panval river in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra is currently the tallest bridge in India.

The tallest pier of the bridge is 64 metres above bed level.