Tåtorp Bridge

Motala, Töreboda

Built: 1953.

Technical facts: This bascule bridge was imported from Germany and is the only one of its type on the canal.

History of the bridge 

It is not only the bridge itself that is unusual, but also its history. In earlier times, it was the canal company’s responsibility to ensure that people were able to cross the canal. Here at Tåtorp, the company chose the less expensive alternative of a ferry. In 1933, however, the ferry was taken out of service and for 20 years the only way to cross the canal was by the lock gates. Local people became tired of this and ordered the bridge from Germany without consulting the canal company.