List of bridges over the Rhine

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This is a list of railway bridges over the Rhine

Railway Crossings[edit]

Existing and former railway bridges, with the nearest train stations on the left and right banks:

Vorderrhein[edit]

  • Switzerland
    • A total of five bridges on the line, Andermatt – Reichenau-Tamins (all single tracked, electrified, 1000 mm gauge)

Hinterrhein[edit]

  • Switzerland
    • A total of two bridges on the line, Filisur – Reichenau-Tamins (both single tracked, electrified, 1000 mm gauge)

Alpenrhein[edit]

  • Switzerland
    • At Untervaz (industrial branch line, single tracked and non-electrifed, combined 1005 mm and 1435 mm gauge)
    • Between Bad Ragaz and Maienfeld (double tracked, electrified, 1435 mm gauge)
  • Liechtenstein and Switzerland
  • Austria and Switzerland
    • A total of two bridges of the Internationale Rheinregulierungsbahn (both single tracked, electrified, 750 mm gauge)
    • Between Lustenau and St. Margrethen (single tracked, electrified)

Hochrhein[edit]

Upper Rhine[edit]

  • France and Germany
    • Between Huningue and Weil am Rhein (single tracked, destroyed in WWII)
    • Between Chalampé and Neuenburg (single tracked, electrified, freight only — passenger service only on weekends)
    • Between Neuf-Brisach and Breisach (single tracked, destroyed in WW2)
    • Between Strasbourg and Kehl (double tracked from December 2010 for the first time since 1944, electrified: single tracked 1956 - 2010.)
    • Between Rœschwoog and Rastatt-Wintersdorf (double tracked, used as street bridge since 1949, line closed 1960, rails were preserved for strategic purpose until 1999)
  • Germany

Middle Rhine[edit]

  • Germany
    • Hindenburg Bridge between Rüdesheim/Geisenheim and Münster-Sarmsheim/Ockenheim (double tracked, destroyed in WW2)
    • Between Koblenz Hbf and Niederlahnstein on Lahn Valley Railway (double tracked, electrified)
    • Between Koblenz-Lützel and Neuwied on Neuwied–Koblenz line (double tracked, electrified)
    • Ludendorff Bridge between Sinzig/Bad Bodendorf and Unkel (double tracked, destroyed in WW2)

Lower Rhine[edit]

  • Netherlands (in the delta, the river splits and its name changes often)
    • Between Nijmegen and Elst, across the Waal River (Rhine delta, main branch) - (double tracked, electrified)
    • Between Zaltbommel and Geldermalsen across the Waal River, made famous in a poem by Martinus Nijhoff - (double tracked, electrified)
    • At Sliedrecht, across Beneden Merwede - (single track)
    • At Rotterdam, across Nieuwe Maas (joint Rhine-Meuse River mouth), former bridge; now replaced by a tunnel (four tracks, electrified).
    • At Rotterdam, across Nieuwe Maas-Koningshaven, former bridge 'De Hef' — replaced by a tunnel, disfunct, industrial monument (two tracks, electrified)
    • Between Rotterdam and Dordrecht, across Oude Maas, two bridges - (each double tracked, electrified)
    • South of Rotterdam, 'HSL' tunnel below Oude Maas - (double tracked, electrified)
    • South of Rotterdam, main bridge at Moerdijk across Hollands Diep - (double tracked, electrified)
    • South of Rotterdam, 'HSL' second railway bridge - (double tracked, electrified, hi-speed)
    • Near Alblasserdam, a tunnel below Noord (a branch near Rotterdam) - (two tracks, electrified; freight only: Rotterdam - Ruhr Area link-up 'Betuwelijn', built 2001-2006).
    • Between Bemmel and Zevenaar, tunnel below Pannerdens Kanaal (1707 AD dug section of Rhine's second-largest delta branch) - (two tracks, electrified; freight only: Rotterdam - Ruhr Area link-up 'Betuwelijn', built 2001-2006)
    • At Arnhem, across Nederrijn (Rhine delta, second-largest branch) - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Rhenen, across Nederrijn - former double tracked rail bridge, destroyed in WWII.
    • Between Culemborg and Houten, across the Lek River (Rhine delta, second-largest branch farther downstream) - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Westervoort, across IJssel - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Zutphen, across IJssel (Rhine, third-largest branch) - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Deventer, across IJssel - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Zwolle, across IJssel, Older bridge - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Zwolle, across IJssel, Second bridge 'Hanzelijn' 2010 - (two tracks, electrified)
    • Between Utrecht and Zeist, across Kromme Rijn (east of Bunnik station) - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Utrecht central station, across Vaartsche Rijn (canal) - (four tracks, electrified; building a second bridge with four more tracks is scheduled for 2011–2012)
    • At Utrecht central station, across Oude Rijn (canalised into Leidschse Rijn) (fifteen tracks + platforms; electrified).
    • Between Utrecht and Vleuten, Woerden, across Amsterdam Rijn-Canal - (four tracks, electrified)
    • Between Utrecht and Breukelen, Amsterdam, across Amsterdam Rijn-Canal - (four tracks, electrified)
    • At Leiden central station, across Oude Rijn, towards Utrecht (city) - (two tracks, electrified)
    • At Leiden, across Oude Rijn, towards Rotterdam - (four tracks, electrified)

Strategic bridges[edit]

The bridges at Huningue, Rastatt, Rüdesheim (Hindenburgbrücke) and Remagen (Ludendorffbrücke), were built for strategic military reasons only, in order to allow the Imperial German Army and later on, the Wehrmacht, to quickly transport forces by rail to Germany's western border in the event of a war with France. Unlike other bridges built for the same purpose, such as the ones at Koblenz or Cologne, these bridges were of almost no use in peacetime and thus, were never rebuilt, after their destruction during the last months of World War II, except for the one at Rastatt, which was used to supply units of the French Army stationed in the area.

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