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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 viaduct was built in only 9 months and stretches in an impressive manner over the 300 m deep gorge. in 1951, it was renovated after it was been bombarded in the 2nd World War. Since it already back badly in need of renovation, the train must be done very slowly the bridge - to the delight of photographers is seated. We have risen to in contrast to most tourists only in the station Goktheik located just before the viaduct and thus had the opportunity to see the entrance of the train there and walk to explore the viaduct.
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  • Crossing the viaduct is the highlight of this train journey but the whole experience make this something not to miss. The train is slow so there is plenty of time to see the countryside and the bumpy ...  more »
  • This bridge to watch the most visitors stayed overnight in hsipaw, will do anything. However because I was interested only in bridge and railway to hsipaw 15:00 after arriving at 16 o'clock bus came. The Mandalay is 23. Go by train to hsipaw in Mandalay morning 4:00 train and reach to the bridge over the 11:30. It passes by train to Mandalay in the small station of the third (I don't know the name) beyond the bridge. Because it is a single-line trains at the station. If you knew this already, at this time switched to the train to Mandalay. However (I) all seats must be reserved so we frustrated desire not was. When you buy a ticket at the Mandalay hsipaw ticket for 4 rounds and hispaw (probably 10:00 long shot) from should be change if you buy Mandalay tickets for two. At higher bus and enjoy Bridge 2 times if returning by train, and will be back sooner, is-3. Someone please try.
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