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Dufferin Bridge

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Dufferin Bridge over the Ganges at Benares (Kashi). Built for the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway.

The bridge carries rail track on the lower deck and road on the upper deck. The Dufferin Bridge is one of the major bridges on the Ganges and carries the Grand Trunk Road across the river.

It has 7 spans of 355 ft 6" and 9 spans of 113 ft 8".[1] It was the first bridge of its type constructed in the Indian sub-continent, with girders made of steel (produced by the Bessemer process). The total length of the Dufferin Bridge is 1048.5 metres.

The steel girders were constructed by the Patent Shaft and Axletree Co. Other metal components were supplied by P. and W. MacLellan and Hawks, Crawshay and Sons.

Engineer: Frederick Thomas Granville Walton.

1887 Opened

1947 Girders replaced to accommodate increased traffic loading.

1948 Renamed the Malviya Bridge.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'A History Of Indian Railways' by G.S. Khosla, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), 1988, p.287