Still one of the most beautiful bridges in the world – Garabit Railway Viaduct.
As usual, click the image for a larger view, and more information. (Photo by Geertchaos) Earlier photos will show a river valley. A dam was built in 1959 to create the reservoir.
Specs on the bridge are as follows.
- Location: St. Flour, Auvergne, France
- Height: 407 feet / 124 meters
- Span: 540 feet / 165 meters
Construction was completed in 1884, 5 years before the tower would be built.
The bridge is still in use as a railway viaduct, but with speed restrictions.
Until 11 September 2009, one regular passenger train each way passed daily over the viaduct: a Corail route from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers. On that date, the viaduct closed after cracks were discovered in one of the foundation piles. After a safety inspection, the Garabit viaduct reopened the following month, with a speed limit of 10 km/h (6 mph) for all traffic.
If you click the link at the top of this post, there are many photos of the bridge. It has stood for a long time, after all.
Back in December, I had a post on The Millau Viaduct, this bridge turned up in the comments.