The Ostbahnbrücke is located near the power station in Simmering and the Gasometer.
In 1939, the Ostbahnbrücke was strengthened by the Nazis, in order to withhold the increased strain being placed on the bridge by heavier freight transports. The imminent war was probably also a motivation for this work, as it would require greater levels of freight transport. The bridge was blown up during the April 1945 Vienna Offensive.
The Ostbahnbrücke was rebuilt in 1946. It is not known whether the narrow footpath beside the bridge existed before this time. In its publication “Querungen – Brücken-Stadt-Wien” (Crossings – Bridges – City – Vienna), the City of Vienna’s department with responsibility for the city’s bridges (Magistratsabteilung 29) lists the footpath as a separate structure (Object number 0207 0).
- Walter Hufnagel (Herausgeber): „Querungen – Brücken-Stadt-Wien“, Verlag Sappl, Kufstein, ISBN 3-902154-05-5 (in German)
- Alfred Pauser: „Brücken in Wien – Ein Führer durch die Baugeschichte“, SpringerWienNew York, ISBN 3-211-25255-X (in German)