Eisenbahnbrücke Salzburg-Nord (Railway Bridge)

The Eisenbahnbrücke Salzburg-Nord is a railway bridge in the city of Salzburg and an important element of the city′s railway link to Freilassing and thus Germany. The first railway bridge that was built on its site was constructed in 1859, for the then highly innovative mean of transport. The railway link between Salzburg and Munich was opened the following year.

After World War Two, the railway traffic had increased to an extent that the bridge could not keep up with modern needs any longer. In 1951, the bridge was first demolished and then re-built. It lasted for several decades, but with the extension of the local train network of Salzburg (S-Bahn), it became insufficient again. In 2006, the construction for the current Eisenbahnbrücke started. The architects in charge were of the company Halle 1, them of the Makartsteg.

The current Eisenbahnbrücke is 159 metres long and provides space for three rail tracks, one bicycle lane and a pedestrian lane. Even during the construction period the railway traffic had to be maintained - the bridge is of key-importance for the traffic between Austria and Germany. This was achieved by constructing the new bridge elements step by step and replacing the old parts of it once piece at a time. This logistically demanding procedure required very low water levels in the Salzach, which limited important construction steps to winter.

The new Eisenbahnbrücke bridge was opened in 2008. However, the construction of the third rail track, the pedestrian lane and the new stops in Mülln and Aiglhof were not completed before 2009. The Eisenbahnbrücke Salzburg-Nord, which came at a cost of 12 million Euros, is of key significance to the local railway network of Salzburg.

In order to make the bridge more aesthetically pleasing and socially acceptable, sound-protection fences were build around the railway tracks. In addition, these were equipped with LED lights that now show light-effects in various colours that can be changed. The colours displayed follow individualised computer programs and should support the round shapes of the bridge.

Further Reading

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%BCcken_Salzburgs#Eisenbahnbr.C3.BCcke
The Eisenbahnbrücke on the German Wikipedia


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