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The railway bridge over the Western Bug River reconstructed

19 Dec 2014

The 303-m long railway bridge over the Western Bug River connects Poland with Belarus. It is a single-track railway bridge, which has 6 girders (2 reinforced-concrete girders (66 m) and 4 metal girders (71.5 m)). The bridge has a combined track superstructure: it has a 1435mm track gauge and a 1520 mm track gauge. The reconstruction was made by the joint effort of the Belarusian and Polish specialists.

 

During the reconstruction 400 bridge timbers, track superstructure elements, overhead wire, supporting structures and overhead line insulators were changed. Two types of 3.3kV DC overhead wires were connected (on the territory of Poland and Belarus). New rails, clamps, approach sleepers and a cable, ensuring an uninterrupted operation of the semi-automatic devices, were laid. The bridge trusses were newly painted.

A number of the republican enterprises and the enterprises of the Belarusian Railway were involved in the reconstruction activities.

The part of the bridge serviced by the Polish Railway also underwent a large-scale reconstruction. The structures of the bridge were enforced ensuring a safe traffic of trains at target speeds.

The bridge over the Western Bug was constructed in the 1910s. It was completely destroyed during the World War II and rebuilt in 1949. In 2006-2007 OJSC Mostootryad-58 (Brest, the Republic of Belarus) repaired the metal girders of the bridge. The bridge was opened for train service in the mid of December.

The reconstruction will ensure a long service life of the bridge and a regular traffic of passenger and freight trains on the European transport corridor II.

 

by the Press Center of BCh

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