The first of 28 steel bridges has been put in place on a high-speed railway line running north from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in the west of India.

Made in India, supervised by Japanese engineers, this steel bridge is the first of 28 on a new high-speed railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Picture from NHSRCL.

Supervised by Japanese engineers and welders, the bridge was made at a workshop 1200km away near Delhi and transported in on trailers. It was pulled into its intended span over National Highway-53 in Surat, Gujarat. The bridge weighs 673t.

The bidding for National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited’s contract for the steel bridges (link opens in new tab) was won by Larson & Toubro-IHI Infrastructure Systems, a consortium of Indian and Japanese companies.

These bridges are the first time India has attempted fabrication of steel bridges intended for use by Shinkansen Bullet trains running at 320km per hour.