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These two images show an unusual railroad bridge east of, and so dowstream, from Hall-in-Tirol. The image on the right was taken from the south bank of the Inn, and the image on the left was taken from the Inn bike path a few feet from the river bank.
        The bridge in question carries tracks that leave the main east-west Inn Valley rail line east of Hall and turn south (to our left) toward the Brenner Pass. However, we're several miles east of the Sill Valley leading to the Brenner Pass, so the tracks must plunge into a tunnel at the left side of our left image. The tunnel goes under the topographic bench or triver terrace that makes up the south side of the Inn Valley. The tracks finally emerge from that tunnel 13 kilometers (8 miles) away in the Sill Valley. The tracks thus bypass Innsbruck and only serve trains making a through trip from Germany to Italy.
        Had the tunnel at the south end of this bridge existed in World War II, Innsbruck would have been bombed much less, because destroying its rail yards would not have choked off rail traffic from Germany to Italy. Since World War II, avoiding bombs hasn't been an issue, so this graceful curved-bottom bridge and the tunnel to which it leads serve the peaceful purpose of providing faster, if darker, travel through the Alps.

 

 

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