Longest Railway Bridge in Europe Reopens

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Ok, this superlative needs a quick caveat, because the Negrelli Viaduct in Prague was the longest railway bridge in Europe when it first opened on 1 June 1850, with a length of 1110 m. It kept that status until the Tay Bridge in Scotland was built in two versions in the 1870s and 80s. The Negrelli Viaduct remained the longest rail bridge in Continental Europe until 1910 and to this day remains the longest railway bridge in the Czech Republic. It has 100 arched spans.

The bridge was completely refurbished and renewed from July 2017 to late May 2020. On 1 June 2020, exactly 170 years after the first inauguration, the bridge re-opened to revenue services. Mainly local stopping trains and commuter services go over the bridge, which terminates at the Praha Masarykovo terminus dating from 1845, while long distance and international trains go into Prague main station.

Here a short film of the re-opened viaduct and the different type of diesel and electric trains running over it. The footage was filmed between 1 and 3 June 2020 and gives a good impression of just how many different photography angles are possible along this historic landmark.

Fun fact, the Negrelli Viaduct also has a stand-in and features in the 2011 Tom Cruise movie Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

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