Skansen Bridge is a 52 meter span bascule railway bridge located at Skansen in Trondheim, Norway
beside Skansen Station.
The bridge was opened on March 22, 1918 allowing trains on Dovrebanen access to Trondheim Central Station while also being able to open to allow ships on the Trondheim Canal access to the Trondheimsfjord.
It was built at the same time Dovrebanen was rebuilt from narrow gauge (1067 mm) to standard gauge (1435 mm) and the stretch between Marienborg and Trondheim Central Station was double tracked.
The bridge was designed by Joseph Strauss
, who among other things also constructed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. In 2006 the bridge was conserved by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage
, since Skansen Bridge is unique in Norway and only one of a few of its kind left in the world. The conservation includes the entire bridge including construction and technical equipment, the guard cabin and the transformer building. The conservation does not include the railway track, signal equipment or the overhead wires.
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