Beersheba Wadi Historic Railroad Bridge

Beersheba Wadi Historic Railroad Bridge

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Erected in 1916 by an all-Jewish crew of laborers, this 190m bridge remained longest in Israel well into the 1970s. It paved the way for a new line of the Hejaz railway, which was to transport Turkish troops to the frontlines in Egypt. Advancement of the British, however, had stopped the tracks as short as Quseima. With the end of WWI, the strategic significance of the line diminished and it soon became abandoned. The bridge was later adapted for automotive transport, and remained in use until 1962. In 1965, one of the supports collapsed during the annual flood. The gap was then bridged with a steel overpass, which was later also removed. The site now awaits restoration. #Bridges #Hejaz_Railway #Railway_Bridges #Stone_Bridges
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