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Sobu Line Sumida River Bridge
Photograph taken on: 13 January 2001. (Larger image)
Sumida River Bridge of the Sobu Main Line, currently run by JR East. The bridge is the first railway bridge in Japan with so-called "Langer girder" (arch stiffened plate girder) structure. The portion of Sobu Line between Ryogoku and Ochanomizu stations, where this bridge is located, was inaugurated in 1932; the link was part of the revival project of Tokyo after it was severely damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Many new technologies were introduced in the construction of the link, which made it one of the major epoch in the history of railways in Japan. Surprisingly, it was only 9 years after the disaster which killed more than 140 thousand people.
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