Fades viaduct

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Fades viaduct

Viaduc des Fades
Viaduc des Fades.jpg
The Fades Viaduct
Coordinates 45°58′19″N 2°48′11″E / 45.97181°N 2.80305°E / 45.97181; 2.80305Coordinates: 45°58′19″N 2°48′11″E / 45.97181°N 2.80305°E / 45.97181; 2.80305
CarriesRailway
CrossesSioule
LocalePuy-de-Dôme, Auvergne region,  France
Characteristics
DesignTruss viaduct
Materialquarried granite and steel
Total length470.25 metres (1,542.8 ft)
Height132.50 metres (434.7 ft)
History
DesignerVirard Felix
Construction start28 October 1901 (1901-10-28)
Construction end16 September 1909 (1909-09-16)
Opened10 October 1909 (1909-10-10)

The Fades Viaduct (French: Viaduc des Fades) is a railway viaduct in the Puy-de-Dôme department, central France. At the time of its inauguration on 10 October 1909, it was the tallest bridge in the world, across all categories. As of 2010 it still is the tenth tallest railway viaduct in the world.

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The Fades Viaduct is located close to Les Ancizes-Comps, in the Auvergne region, between the communes of Sauret-Besserve and Les Ancizes-Comps. It spans across the river Sioule. Its construction began on 28 October 1901. From 14 to 16 September 1909 it passed the performance tests, using a fully loaded train whose weight exceeded 1075 tons. It was opened on 10 October 1909, and put into service ten days later. What makes the Fades Viaduct exceptional is its monumental piers of quarried granite. Towering over 92 m in height they remain the tallest bridge piers ever built in traditional masonry. They each have a base larger than a tennis court.

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Coordinates: 45°58′17″N 2°48′11″E / 45.97139°N 2.80306°E / 45.97139; 2.80306