Ruhr Viaduct (Herdecke)

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Coordinates: 51 ° 24 ′ 0 ″  N , 7 ° 25 ′ 17 ″  E

Ruhr Viaduct in Herdecke
Ruhr Viaduct in Herdecke
use Wuppertal Northern Railway
Crossing of Dysentery
place Herdecke
construction Stone arch bridge
overall length 313 m
width 8 m
Number of openings 12
Clear width 20 m
height 29.33 m
start of building 1875
completion 1878
opening May 15, 1879
Ruhr Viaduct (Herdecke) (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Ruhr Viaduct (Herdecke)
Above sea level 117  m above sea level NHN
Historic postcard
The Herdecker Viaduct around 1900 on an old postcard
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View from the Harkortsee
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Ruhr Viaduct

The Ruhr viaduct between Herdecke and Hagen - Lobby crossed the railway - Viaduct the Ruhr and is located in North Rhine-Westphalia , Germany . It marks the beginning of the Harkortsee .


The tracks run over the river at a height of 30 meters and a length of 313 meters; 24,400 cubic meters of quarry stone and 12 arches with a span of 20 meters each are required. The structure describes a slight curve with a radius of 380 meters. The bridge deck with the tracks on it has a gradient of 0.5 percent.


In 1879 the line was inaugurated as a section of the Düsseldorf-Derendorf-Dortmund Süd railway line ("Rhenish route") of the former Rheinische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft - a technical masterpiece for the time. The construction of the viaduct in the dimensions described was necessary in order to be able to keep the length of the Ender Tunnel as short as possible in the further course of the route . The increase in the associated railway line began at the southern foot of the Kaisberg with one percent; the desire of the planning engineers for a right-angled crossing of the Ruhr valley led to a winding design of the entire route on this section. The nearby Ruhr sandstone was used for the construction.


In May 1943 a pillar of the viaduct was torn away by the following tidal wave when the Möhne barrier wall was destroyed by Operation Chastise . An approaching passenger train was able to stop just 20 meters from the gap.

In 1945 two arches of the building were blown up by the Wehrmacht . The viaduct was not rebuilt until 1952, whereby it had to be straightened because the entire viaduct had been affected by the collapse of the vaults during the war destruction. It was not until 1957 that the first trains were able to cross the viaduct.

Anyone who takes the Volmetal Bahn on the route from Hagen to Herdecke today still crosses the Ruhr on the old route and can enjoy the view. At the southern end, one can see the foundation of an anti-aircraft position , with which one the viaduct in World War II against air strikes wanted to protect.


  • Julius Mohr: The RE viaduct over the Ruhr valley. In: Zeitschrift für Baukunde. Vol. IV, 1881.
  • Wolfgang Kessler: With steam at lofty heights - the viaduct of the Rhenish Railway over the Ruhr Valley near Herdecke. In: Herdecker Blätter. Issue 2, November 1992, pp. 16-25. (with quotes from Julius Mohr)
  • Heinz Klewe, Dorothea Rohn-Klewe: Stadtbahn instead of closure - the future of the Dortmund-Herdecke-Hagen line. Dortmund sales for building and planning literature, 1993, ISBN 3-924352-93-3 .
  • Rolf Swoboda, Michael Schenk: The Rheinische Eisenbahn between Hagen and Dortmund including the branch line to Langendreer. 2005, ISBN 3-933254-59-0 .

Web links

Commons : Ruhr Viadukt  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hans Joachim Ritzau: Railway disasters in Germany. Splinters of German history . Vol. 1: Landsberg-Pürgen 1979, p. 88.