Saving The Bockau Arch Bridge- An American’s Perspective: Day One

Nur Heimat gibts nichts- There is never just a homeland. This is a comment that I remember during my first meeting with the committee to save the Bockau Arch Bridge. Located over the Zwickauer Mulde River six kilometers southwest of Aue in western Saxony, this 146-year old stone arch bridge is one of a few…
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Cainsdorf Bridge To Be Replaced

1929 Plate Girder to be Replaced by Two Bridges. Construction to begin in 2019 CAINSDORF/ WILKAU-HASSLAU/ ZWICKAU (SAXONY)-  Three more bridges spanning the Zwickauer Mulde River  and its tributaries in western Saxony are about to get replacements over the next three years. Apart from the crossing at Schlunzig near Glauchau, a crossing just east of Schneppendorf…
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Railroad Trestle In Illinois Coming Down

New Viaduct Nearing Completion. Old Viaduct to Come Down in March/ April MEDIA, ILLINOIS- Railway Companies have been well known for abandoning and removing historic bridges for liability purposes. Even legendary historic bridge preservationist Eric DeLony had mentioned when the National Park Services and its division dealing with the National Register of Historic Places mentioned…
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Mystery Bridge Nr. 93: The Unusual Railroad Truss Bridge (Or Bridges) In The Erzgebirge

ERLA-CRANDORF (SAXONY); GERMANY- Not far from the towns of Markersbach and Schwarzenberg is our next mystery bridge. This one is located over the Schwarzwasser River in the small town of Erla. First mentioned in the history books in 1308, Erla and its neighboring village Crandorf are located three kilometers southwest of Schwarzenberg. Combined, they have…
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The Bridges Of Markersbach (Saxony), Germany

There is a proverb that I’ve been going by while bridgehunting recently, especially in the eastern part of Germany: The smaller the community the more historic bridges one can find. While cities, like Chemnitz and Zwickau have numerous bridges, the number of century+ old structures are relatively small in terms of numbers and ratio compared…
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