Hidden Treasure in the Taurus: 'Varda Bridge'

Varda Bridge
Photo: Sahranur Yildirim

Varda Bridge is a bridge called "Big Bridge" by the local people in the Hacıkırı (Kıralan) neighborhood of Karaisalı district of Adana province. It is known as the Hacıkırı Railway Bridge or as the German bridge since it was built by the Germans in 1912. Its distance to Adana is 64 km via Karaisalı by road. The distance to Adana Station by rail is 63 km.



This bridge was made by the Germans, with a steel cage stone knitting technique. 6. It is located within the boundaries of the region. 1912 was opened in the year. The purpose of the bridge is to complete the Istanbul-Baghdad-Hijaz Railway line.

In the masonry bridge type, 3 main spans are built on 4 main pillars. Its length is 172 m. The middle pillar height from the ground is 99 m. Bridge piers are steel support type and the outer covering is made by stone laying technique. The beginning of the construction year is 1907 and the end date is 1912. There are maintenance ladders inside the four legs for the maintenance of the bridge legs.

The railway on the bridge was arranged with a curve with a radius of 1220 m. The speed here is 85 mm compared to 47 km speed. During the 5-year construction period, 21 workers and a German engineer died for various reasons.





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