Modernization Development Museum-Beipanjiang Bridge of Liupanshui-Hongguo Railway

Modernization Development Museum

Beipanjiang Bridge of Liupanshui-Hongguo Railway

by Live in Guizhou

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The Beipanjiang Bridge of Liupanshui-Hongguo Railway is located above the Beipanjiang valley, at the junction of Yingpan Township and Xinjie Township in Shuicheng District, Liupanshui City. It is a single-track railway bridge on the Liupanshui-Hongguo Railway line characterized by its novel structure, high technical requirements, and construction difficulties.

From an aerial view, the Beipan River resembles a jade belt winding through the Wumeng landscape, with the red Beipanjiang Bridge on the Liupanshui-Hongguo Railway line appearing like a rainbow arched over the cliffs on either bank.

The cliffs of the Wumeng Mountains stand tall as the Beipan River snakes through them. The mountainous region traversed by the Liupanshui-Hongguo Railway is rich in high-quality coal resources, making the Beipanjiang Bridge a critical passageway for this energy “artery.”

Historically, the high mountains and deep valleys have been a formidable barrier between the two sides of the Beipan River. Under normal circumstances, pedestrian access on railway bridges is strictly prohibited. Before the bridge was built, local villagers had to travel more than 10 kilometers along mountain roads to reach the opposite side. With the construction of this bridge, the journey now takes only ten minutes.

To this day, two passenger trains still run daily on the Liupanshui-Hongguo line, serving as a “fast track” to prosperity for nearby villagers. Locals grow fruits such as sugarcane, kiwi, and cherries. After harvesting, they can cross the bridge to Mao Caoping Station to catch a public slow train, allowing them to sell their agricultural products in Liupanshui and Hongguo, thereby increasing their income.