ICE - Rise and fall: Steam and the suspension bridge

8th September 2021 1:00 pm

The suspension bridge was considered as a potential long span bridging solution for the early main line railway, but the first example built for railway use demonstrated that the un-stiffened suspension bridge was inherently unsuitable for the live loading of the steam locomotive.

Further attempts would be made with a successful, if largely unrepeated, example constructed in North America. Surprisingly, two examples of this lonely breed survived until 2016 and 2018 in Chile and a cable stayed hybrid design still carries a light rail electric system in the French Alps.

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