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What seven millions rubles bought in 1914
12021-02-02T13:51:10-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f594Guidebook noteplain2021-02-02T14:14:48-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5Contemporary observers wrote excitedly about the Alexander Bridge. Which makes sense. The bridge was 1.5 versts in length, making it the longest such bridge in all of Europe, and it cost some seven million rubles to build. Construction began in 1876 and ended in 1880. Much of the rock came from the Zhigulev Hills, just upriver.
And then there is this: In 1914, the bridge was the only thing the connected the rail lines of European Russia to those leading to Turkestan, Siberia, and eventually to the Pacific coast.
12021-01-29T11:20:41-05:00Batraki13Baedeker locationplain2021-02-02T13:51:16-05:0053.16722, 48.70056This was an impressive sight. Postcard worthy. A railway bridge spanning the longest river in Europe.
As we passed underneath I crept along the deck, holding the rail, not looking away from the engineered span of iron above my head.