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Gokteik Viaduct, Nawnghkio
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The Goteik viaduct is a railway trestle in Nawnghkio, western Shan State, Myanmar . The bridge is between the two towns of Pyin U Lwin, the summer capital of the former British colonial administrators of Burma, and Lashio, the principal town of northern Shan State. It is the highest bridge in Myanmar and when it was completed, the largest railway trestle in the world. The bridge is located approximately 100 km northeast of Mandalay.The bridge was constructed in 1899 and completed in 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction. The components were made by the Pennsylvania Steel Company, and the parts were shipped from the United States. The rail line was constructed as a way for the British Empire to expand their influence in the region. The construction project was overseen by Sir Arthur Rendel, engineer for the Burma Railroad Company.Bridge dataThe viaduct stretches 689m from end to end with 15 towers which span 12m along with a double tower 24m long. The 15 towers support 10 deck truss spans of 37m along with six plate girder spans 18m long and an approach span of 12m. Many sources have put the height of the bridge at 250m. This is supposedly a measurement to the river level as it flows underground through a tunnel at the point it passes underneath the trestle. The true height of the bridge as measured from the rail deck to the ground on the downstream side of the tallest tower is 102m. The cost of the bridge construction was 111,200 £(Pound sterling).Due to its technical and natural condition it was considered as a masterpiece of the world standard.
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  • The train journey from Mandalay to the Viaduct is about 7 and half hours .It could take longer if delayed.It is always better to take the train from Pyin Oo Lwin to the bridge.The train arrives at Pyi...  more »
  • Getting there is a journey to remember. Due to the irregularity of the trains I recommend you hire a driver and drive to the northern side of the viaduct. Once you're on board and moving south have th...  more »
  • Train was for us the best way to travel in Myanmar. In certain areas it tends to be slow, but it gives you the opportunity to see so much scenery and local life, well worth it! The viaduct was more we...  more »

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