What a bridge

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by ezdays, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Here's a picture that a friend sent me of a bridge in France. It's billed as the highest bridge in the world. Not a RR bridge, but gee, wouldn't it be great to adapt it to your layout?:D

    There are more details on the construction of the bridge here.

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  2. Brian

    Brian Member

    Wow, that is one incredible bridge :eek: I'd hate to veer off of that bridge....it'd be like falling into a canyon :D
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Looks like it replaces a pretty twisty-turny drive to the bottom of the valley and back up again... I wonder if you get a choice of route anymore?

  4. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

  5. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Talk about pushing an envelope, WOW! Great post, thanks
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, this is apparently an in-process picture. All the cables aren't in place yet, and those red supports were taken down after they were.

    I used to have acrophobia, but got over it many years ago. But... you'd play hell getting me to drive over this one regardless. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
  7. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    I believe that bridge was featured on Extreme Engineering not too long ago.
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That sure is one big bridge.
  9. FiveFlat

    FiveFlat Member

    about 900 feet high! wholey moley!
  10. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I thought Royal Gorge bridge was the highest in the world. But after doing some conversion, this bridge beat it by 16 meters, or 52 feet.
  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, and I wonder what the sway factor is on a windy day. :D I didn't read all the details on the web site, but I'll bet it's gotta be a couple of feet out there at it's tallest point. :eek::eek:
  12. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Impressive bridge, but I agree with Andrew: I'd rather drive that twisting road at a good clip in an appropriate car, or, if I were a bit younger, on a motorcycle.
  13. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member


    I got dizzy just looking at the picture! :eek: :D
  14. Zman

    Zman Member


    I hate to be the guy that calls the emperor naked, but wouldn't it be easier to use an airplane?
  15. Brian

    Brian Member

    I've been to the Royal Gorge bridge....man that thing is HIGH! The day my wife and I went there was a STRONG wind......at least 60 MPH......we could barely walk on that thing with it swaying.:D
  16. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member


    Then you might also know this one.

    Not as impressive: 1153m long, and only 52m high.
    But it was finished in 1916, so you could use it for your Epoch II layout.

    Didn't find a good aerial photograph of it on the web. Best to see it in person though.
  17. ding chavez

    ding chavez Member

    the germans have alot easier of a time getting to paris now. :rofl
  18. ding chavez

    ding chavez Member

    that twisty road looks really fun to drive on :thumb:
  19. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Hello AAA, I'm outta gas somewhere between France and Germany .sign1
  20. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Oh yeah - this bridge really is breathtaking! It crosses the river Tarn and is part of the A75 highway in southern France. It has six lanes (3 in both directions) and quite high side boards, so you don't even see the twisty road below.

    I drove over it last summer, and I didn't stop to look if it swayed in the wind! But you have the feeling of flying high over the landscape. Crrrrazy!

    BTW: The photo is made by a fish-eye lens which distorts the picture. In reality the bridge is straight! :( Would be even crazier, if it was built in a curve. But the I would think twice before going over it! :D :D :D


    PS: Germany is far off in the North - no way to reach Germany from Paris over THAT bridge... :D

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