Friday, September 23, 2011

New underpass

NOTE: This entry is a special for the civil engineers in our family. The headquarters and main lines for the local railroad company connecting Austria and the rest of Hungary are just down the road from our house. About every 2 or 3 minutes a train passes through so the traffic has to stop. They've decided to put an underpass under the 4 tracks so the traffic on this main road won't have to stop. They started last June and will take over a year to finish. One track at a time they are putting in the overpasses for the trains. You can see here that this track has been cut off.

In July and August they poured this concrete overpass on "dry land." Now that it has cured, they have jacked it up, put rails under it, and are moving it to be under the tracks.

If you click on the picture, you can see the rail that they are moving the overpass on.

Here's the picture from the next day with the overpass lowered into position.

Now they are busy putting the railroad track across so they can open up this line and start the same on the next line. You can see they have a lot more to do before trucks, buses and cars can pass underneath. Those circles that look like Olympic Rings we think are for the rerouting of the natural gas pipelines that now go under the road.
Compare the following with the first picture and you can see that with one more rail, the trains can roll again.

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