Anghel Saligny Bridge

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The King Carol I Bridge

The Anghel Saligny Bridge (formerly King Carol I Bridge) is a complex of railroad truss bridges in Romania, across the Danube River, connecting the cities of Cernavod? and Fete?ti. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments.


The bridge was built between 1890 and 1895 over the Danube and Borcea branch of the Danube, and when it was completed it then became the longest bridge in Europe and the third longest in the world. The two cities on the banks of the river which was built were Fete?ti on the left side and Cernavod? on the right side.

The bridge has a length of Template:Convert of which Template:Convert over the Danube and Template:Convert over Borcea and was designed by Romanian engineer Anghel Saligny. It is Template:Convert above the water, allowing tall ships to pass under it.

The crossing of Danube at Cernavod? was provided through a bridge with a central opening of 190 m (the largest in Continental Europe) and other four openings of Template:Convert, beside to a viaduct with 15 openings of Template:Convert. Another bridge, with three openings of Template:Convert and 11 openings of Template:Convert, was designed and realized over Borcea branch. A viaduct with 34 openings of Template:Convert was built between the two branches of the stream, over a Template:Convert wide water.

The bridge was inaugurated on 26 September 1895 and as a test on the opening, a convoy of 15 whistling locomotives sped at 60 km/h, followed by a train reserved for 'guests', at 80 km/h. It was used for almost a century, until 1987, when the new Cernavod? Bridge, built next to it, was inaugurated.


See also

  • CFR Line 800 (Bucharest - Mangalia)
  • Cernavod? Bridge



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