A river runs under ,,over er have a look

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by interurban, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    This just in from my son`s grandad in law opha.
    Off Topic , but amazing.

    Hallo, Sue and Chris: Have you ever seen a water bridge over a river ? This is quite amazing!

    I will bet you have never seen a picture like this.

    This is indeed a great engineering feat!

    Water Bridge in Germany:

    Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long.......now this is engineering! This is a channel-bridge over the river Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

    To those who appreciate engineering projects

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  2. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    Leave it to the Germans to come up with something innovative. They're always coming up with something. :thumb: :thumb:
  3. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    actually, theres been a much more impressive bridge like that in the UK for much longer, carrying a canal across a valley, river, road AND rail line
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    You just know you have to post pictures now ross :D :D
  5. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    lol, i would if i could remeber what the bridge is called, its on one of the Major canals linking the northern industrail towns to a mining area further north.

    Will see if i can find out.

    Oh and we have also had a canal barge lift over here since 18 something!
  6. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    yep, theres a good few of them around!

    someone should model one of them and run afew trains under it!
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I went over one near Llangollen in Wales. Very high aqueduct over the valley.
  8. train1

    train1 Member

    Apparently the ancient Romans were fiddling with this stuff long before the invention of steam.;)
  9. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Now that's selective compression: an aquaduct combined with a viaduct. An aquaviaduct. Sounds like an old aftershave.

  10. tillsbury

    tillsbury Member

    Try this link for real bridge/canal engineering...

    The boat arrives at the bottom, and the entire end section spins round lifting the boat 115 feet into the air to join the other canal that comes flying off the side of a hill. Freaky. The whole thing is so well-engineered that it only requires a 2hp motor to operate... cost a whole lot less than 500 million euros, too :)
  11. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great Pictures Everyone.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  12. ross31r

    ross31r Member


    Llangollen Canal viaduct - 120ft up and barely wider than the barge!!!
    you cant see it but off to the right of the canal is a railway bridge, which makes this a very dramatic border crossing between Wales and England. Couldnt find a good shot showing the river below but you can just about see the rail line on the valley bottom (its the browny-grey line running behind the three bare trees approximately in the centre of the picture)

    Cant find a picture of the Barge lift though, will keep looking!
  13. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    WOW! When I looked at the first page, I didn't see how it worked. When I went to the operation page, it is designed like a giant crankshaft, and the canal is like a rod bearing. Awesome!
  14. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks for all this NEW info ,
    The things one learns from one post great is`nt it :D

    I am now looking for the Peteboro Lift Lock.
    Here is a link to a counter balance lift lock

  15. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    neat pics guy :D
  16. Jac's Lines

    Jac's Lines Member

    The Erie Canal ran an elevated aqueduct through the center of Rochester, NY in the 19th century. This section of the canal was elevated to run over the Genesee River, which sits in a deep gorge with several major waterfalls. There are some pictures at:


    In the second photo you can also see two of Rochester's railroad stations in the distance -- the Lehigh Valley Station on the left (currently the home of Dinosaur Barbecue, a great restaurant) and the Erie Station on the right (sadly no longer standing).

    The Erie Canal was diverted south of the city in the 1918. The aqueduct was preserved as a new subway route, which ran until the 1950s. Rather than digging out the subway, they built new roads elevated 30 feet above the old canal bed. Today, the subway is still there, and the politicians are trying to decide whether to fill it in with dirt or turn it into a tourist attraction. Rochester is a sad city in that a lot of history and great 19th century architecture was plowed under in the name of "development" in the 1960s and 1970s, leaving a husk of a city that is sadly bereft of many of its historical landmarks.
  17. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Wow is right!!!
    Maybe we could use some of these guys (with a few Dutch folks) to help keep out the sea from New Orleans.

    Gus (LC&P).
  18. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    Boat Railway ?

    On a trip on the Severn Waterway in Ontario I came across this unique
    Railway lifting boats...up to 100ft in length....58 ft or 17 meters at a place called
    " The Big Chute " Boats are held in a cradle out of the water, The traction is by ropes on a drum The legs of the conveyence are arranged on two sets of rail to maintain ballance. anice bit of engineering

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  19. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    while going through a old copy of Mainline Modeler i found this article on a canal over a railroad in Toledo Ohio the original was built in the 1850. the canal was there first so instead building a bridge a overpass was built for the canal. the pic is from 1918 it's not as grand as some and the pic not good the canal was filled in in 1922 as a road. the map gives a better over view. the article is in the April 1984 Mainline Modeler

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  20. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks Jim, there is a lot of buried history to dig up out there.
    Amazing Stuff realy.

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