Day 94/365 of Steel – Pont Ferroviaire De Cubzac

The Cubzac railway bridge is a French steel railway bridge located in the Gironde department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is a lattice girder bridge put into service on 11 July 1886 on the line from Chartres to Bordeaux-Saint-Jean, which crosses the Dordogne. 

This structure was built in 1885-1886 by Daydé & Pillé. Its resemblance and proximity to the Gustave Eiffel road bridge have long left doubt as to the name of the builder.

The Cubzac Railway Bridge
Fig 1: The Cubzac Railway Bridge
Author: Les Meloures

With a total length of 2,178 m, it is composed of a metal pier on the Chartres side, and a main structure with a metal deck made up of eight spans, the two bank spans measuring 60 m and the six central spans 73.60 m. These spans are supported on seven piers in the bed of the Dordogne and on two piers on the banks. Impressive from the outside, this railway bridge offers its best perspective when you walk underneath its arches. The path along the Dordogne River provides easy access.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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