Kafue Railway Bridge


Kafue Railway Bridge

The Kafue Railway Bridge was built to carry the Livingstone to Lusaka railway line in what is now Zambia over the Kafue River in 1906. It is a steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each of 33 m supported on concrete piers. It was built for Mashonaland Railways, later merged into Rhodesian Railways which operated the line from 1927 [http://www.nrzam.org.uk/Railway/Rail.html Horizon Magazine on-line: "Zambia's Second Industry"] , February 1965. Accessed 21 March 2007.] until succeeded in Zambia by Zambia Railways in 1966.

With a length of 427 m the Kafue Railway Bridge was the longest bridge on the Rhodesian Railways network. It includes nearly 2 km of embankments raised about 7 m where the line crosses the river's wider rainy season channel, and a lower embankment about 15 km long where it crosses the river's the shallower floodplain to the south-west of the bridge. [http://earth.google.com Google Earth] accessed 2007. The bridge is visible at decimal latitude/longitude -15.7876, 28.1766.]

The town of Kafue is at the bridge's northern end and the Kafue Bridge on the Great North Road is 9 km downstream.

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