Nanjiang Railway Bridge

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Nanjiang Railway Bridge
南江特大桥
Kaiyang, Guizhou, China
755 feet high / 230 meters high
577 foot span / 176 meter span
2015

The Nanjiang Railway Bridge is the highest railway beam bridge on earth surpassing the Qingshui Railway bridge which is also located in Guizhou Province. The twin line span will also rank among the world's 10 highest railway bridges of any kind of which 9 are in China.

Located on a high speed line between the big city of Guiyang and Kaiyang 62 kilometers to the north, passengers will be able to get from station to station in just under 30 minutes.

To leap across the vertical cliffs of the deep South River gorge, the engineers went with a 3-span beam configuration of 93.1 +176 +93.1 meters. Supporting these 3 spans will be two piers 81 and 83 meters in height. There will be a total of 11 piers along a length of 650 meters. The bridge is located approximately 43 kilometers northeast of Guiyang City.

The Nanjiang River canyon has become a popular tourist spot for rafters and the bridge can be seen from below in bus tours along the bottom of the river canyon.

Click on the excellent YouTube channel "Chinese Bridge" to see a video of the Nanjiang Railway Bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I614ZEM8o08



Nanjiang River Railway Bridge Elevation


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A safety shed and tunnel bypasses the steepest section of the gorge so tourists and rafters can access areas downstream of the main parking area.


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Nanjiang River Railway Bridge satellite image.


A wider view of the Nanjiang River gorge also showing the Tianpotou Railway Bridge crossing at the bottom.


Nanjiang Railway Bridge location map.


The Nanjiang River Railway Bridge is located within the Nanjiang Gorge Scenic Area in the upper right. The 66 kilometer double track line connects Kaiyang to Guiyang City.

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