Railway bridges, Stańczyki
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Engineering structures (technical monuments), valuable with respect to its historic value, connected with the history of regional railways. Some of the highest bridges in Poland, reminiscent of aqueducts with respect to their structure.

History

The erection of the bridges was connected with the construction of the railway line on the Gołdap-Żytkiejmy route. Not only the economic reasons impacted the decision on launching the connection, but mainly the military reasons. The line ran along the border with Russia, giving it the rocade character (parallel route with respect to the potential front line), facilitating the troops redeployment in case of war with Russia. On the route of presently closed railway line Gołdap-Botkuny-Żytkiejmy, apart from bridges in Stańczyki, there are also structurally-alike - also historic - bridges and railway flyovers in Kiepojcie (by the Bludzia river) and Galwiecie (by the Jarka river). The bridges were erected in stages: the works commenced in 1912, finished in 1918 (southern bridge: 1912-1914; northern bridge: 1918). The construction of bridges was the biggest challenge for the route constructors. At the stage of design works various structural options for the new bridges were analysed. The cheapest one was selected, consisting in the construction of five-span bridges of reinforced concrete. Investments were preceded by the land survey. Railway line was put into use in 1927. In the 1930s it was mainly used as a cargo line for the transport of aggregate. In 1938 on the Gołdap-Żytkiejmy route three pairs of passenger trains were running per day. Exploitation of the line was finished in 1945. On the southern bridge no tracks were ever laid. After the end of World War II - in 1945 - the tracks were dismantled by the Red Army; in 1949, the railway line was never put back into use. For some period of time the owner was PKP [Polish State Railways], which in 1993 handed over the land with bridges that was not used by the company to the Agricultural Property of the State Treasury Agency. In the 1990s the protection of the safety barriers of the bridge was made, by supplementing the defects in reinforced concrete barriers with fragments of steel profiles. In 2003 the bridges were sold to a private person.

Description

The bridges are located ca. 800 m to the North from the Stańczyki village. They connect the shores of the valley, in which a small Błędzianka river flows. The bridges were built in stages: first the pillars, then the arches, then the padding of vaults. These are the five-span, four-pillar (pillars with quadrangular cross-sections) structures, made of reinforced concrete, with spans in the form of round arches with similar dimensions. Three central spans have the clear span length of 28 m, side ones - 24 m. The total length of the bridges equals 178 m, the height from the level of pavement of the bridge to the water surface in the river equals 36 m, the width of the roadway between the pavements - 3.4 m. The pavements are located higher than the roadway; the width of the pavement equals approx. 80 cm. The facades of the bridges are decorative (pilasters, supports with capitals). On the external sides of each of the bridge there are concrete pavements with a roadway in the middle; the balustrades are made of reinforced concrete and are supplemented with fragments of steel profiles.

Limited access to the historic building. The structure may be seen from outside. The bridges are presently private property, they are fenced; access and parking area are ticketed.

Compiled by Maurycy Domino, 08.12.2014.

 

Bibliography

  • Karta ewidencyjna zabytków architektury i budownictwa, Wiadukty w Stańczykach, oprac. Mackiewicz J., 1978, archiwum Wojewódzkiego Urzędu Ochrony Zabytków w Olsztynie Delegatura w Ełku.
  • Rams B., Opowieść o niepotrzebnych mostach w Stańczykach, „Borussia” 2008, nr 42, s. 177-184.

General information

  • Type: bridge
  • Chronology: 1912-1918
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Stańczyki
  • Location: Voivodeship warmińsko-mazurskie, district gołdapski, commune Dubeninki
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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