Havelock Bridge

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The Havelock Bridge (Godavari Old Bridge) spanned the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. The bridge formed a vital link in the broad gauge(BG) East Coast State Railway mainline between Howrah and Madras(Chennai).

Havelock Bridge

The construction of the bridge commenced on November 11, 1897 and opened for traffic on August 30, 1900.
The bridge was constructed with stone masonry and steel girders. It had 56 spans each of 45.7 metres (150 ft)and is 3,480 metres (11,420 ft) long [1]


The Consulting Engineer on the project was Francis Joseph Edward Spring as Consulting Engineer to the Government of India(GoI)

The Bridge was named after Sir Arthur Elibank Havelock, the then Governor of Madras.

Frederick Thomas Granville Walton served as the Engineer-in-chief assisted by executive engineers R.A.Delanougerede, F.D.Couchman, J.E.Eaglesome [1]

Later History

In 1901 the southern section of the East Coast State Railway - which included the ‘Havelock Bridge’ - was transferred to the Madras Railway(MR) in 1901; subsequently renamed Madras (North-East) Railway; becoming the Madras-Waltair NE Mainline of the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway(M&SMR) in 1908.

The bridge was decommissioned in 1997 replaced by the Godavari Arch Bridge [1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia "Old Godavari Bridge"; Retrieved 25 Nov 2020