Finland Railway Bridge

The Finland Railway Bridge (Russian: Финля́ндский железнодоро́жный мост) are a pair of parallel bridges across the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The bridges link the railway networks in the north of St Petersburg with those in the south of St Petersburg. The same singular name is applied to both of the bridges.


The first bridge was built in 1910–1912 by engineers Nikolay Appolonovich Belelyubsky, Grigory Grigorievich Krivoshein, I.G. Aleksandrov and architect Vladimir Petrovich Apyshkov. As constructed, it was a steel bridge 538 metres long, carrying two tracks and a pedestrian walkway. There are four equal spans, each 110 metres apart and a shorter double-flight drawspan in the centre.

The bridge was primarily funded by the Grand Duchy of Finland because of the strategic value it delivered by connecting the Finland railway and the Finnish State Railways with the Russian Railways system.

In 1983, the reefer (ship) ship Komsomolets Tatarii, carrying 500 tonnes of fish hit the bridge. The ship then sank several hundred metres downstream, halfway to the Alexander Nevsky Bridge.

During 1983–1987, a second bridge was built by the engineer O. Rusin, running parallel to the first bridge. The spans of the new bridge repeated the contours of the existing bridge. The drawspan of the new bridge has one span.

In 1988, the old bridge was closed to traffic because of serious corrosion damage. By 1994 the drawing mechanism was decommissioned.

The building of Ladozhsky Rail Terminal in 2002/2003 lead to the old bridge being completely overhauled. A new drawing mechanism and drawflights were installed.


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