Garabit Viaduct

railway bridge in France

The Garabit Viaduct (French: Viaduc de Garabit) is a railway arch bridge spanning the Truyère river, near Ruynes-en-Margeride, Cantal, France, in the mountainous Massif Central region.

Garabit Viaduct

Viaduc de Garabit
Coordinates44°58′31″N 3°10′39″E / 44.97528°N 3.17750°E / 44.97528; 3.17750
CrossesTruyère river
MaterialWrought iron
Total length565 metres (1,854 ft)
Width6 metres (20 ft)
Height124 metres (407 ft)
Longest span165 metres (541 ft)
ArchitectGustave Eiffel
Construction start1882
Construction end1884
Construction cost3,100,000 francs

The Garabit Viaduct, 2007, Cantal, Auvergne, France-1.jpg

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The bridge was built between 1882 and 1884 by Gustave Eiffel, with structural engineering by Maurice Koechlin,[1] and was opened in 1885. It is 565 m (1,854 ft) in length and has a principal arch with a span of 165 m (541 ft).[2]

Viaduc de Garabit Panorama.jpg

In moviesEdit

In 1976, it was used to represent the fictional crumbling "Cassandra Crossing" bridge in the movie The Cassandra Crossing, which collapses.[3]

Here seen with a train.


  • Billington, David P. (1983). The Tower and the Bridge: The New Art of Structural Engineering. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-02393-9.
  • Harvie, David I. (2006). Eiffel: The Genius Who Reinvented Himself. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-3309-7.
  • Loyrette, Henri (1985). Gustave Eiffel. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 0-8478-0631-6.

Other websitesEdit

Coordinates: 44°58′31″N 3°10′39″E / 44.97528°N 3.17750°E / 44.97528; 3.17750