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Goltzsch Viaduct

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The Göltzsch Viaduct (Göltzschtalbrücke) is a remarkable railway bridge in Germany. It is the largest brick-built bridge in the world, spanning the valley of the Göltzsch River between Mylau and Netzschkau, Saxony.

Built between 1846 and 1851 as part of the railway between Saxony (Leipzig, Zwickau, and Plauen) and Bavaria (Hof and Nuremberg). It is currently part of the Leipzig–Hof line, near the Netzschkau station. About 10 km south, the smaller Elster Viaduct was built for the same line and is somewhat similar to the Göltzsch Viaduct.

Note: Göltzsch Viaduct is also the name of a much smaller viaduct built in 1938 where Bundesautobahn 72 crosses the Göltzsch River.

Key participants:-

Professor Johann Andreas Schubert (1808–1870) – Chairman of the jury, architect, structural analyst
Chief engineer Robert Wilke (1804–1889) – Construction planner and chief superintendent
Engineer Ferdinand Dost (1810–1888) – Superintendent
Heinrich Carl – Chemist - Mortar composition

See Wikipedia entry for much more information.

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