Chikugo River Lift Bridge

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Chikugo River Lift Bridge
筑後川昇開橋
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Chikugo River Lift Bridge
Coordinates 33°12′54″N 130°21′43″E / 33.21500°N 130.36194°E / 33.21500; 130.36194Coordinates: 33°12′54″N 130°21′43″E / 33.21500°N 130.36194°E / 33.21500; 130.36194
Carries Rail traffic
Crosses Chikugo River
Locale Kyūshū, Japan
Official name Chikugo-gawa shōkaikyō
Heritage status Important Cultural Property
Characteristics
Design vertical lift bridge
Total length 507.2 metres (1,664 ft)
Height 23 metres (75 ft)
Longest span 24.2 metres (79 ft)
History
Construction end 1935
Closed 1987, pedestrian traffic from 1996

The Chikugo River Lift Bridge (筑後川昇開橋 Chikugo-gawa shōkaikyō?) is a vertical lift railway bridge across the Chikugo River in Kyūshū, Japan. It was completed in 1935. The bridge has a total length of 507.2 metres (1,664 ft), with a moveable span of 24.2 metres (79 ft) long and a vertical rise of 23 metres (75 ft).[1] It links Ōkawa, Fukuoka with Morodomi, Saga, and used to be part of the Saga Railway Line. When that line ceased operation in 1987 the bridge was closed to traffic. In 1996 it was reopened for pedestrians in response to requests from the public.

A precision miniature model of the bridge, which describes its structure, was exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937). Today this model is on display at the Railway Museum (Saitama).

The bridge was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2003, and in 2007 it was included in the Mechanical Engineering Heritage as item No.23.

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