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While traveling we have come across quite a few of these still in existence. We are looking for Timber Railway Trestles. Timber trestles were extensively used in the 19th century, making up from 1 to 3% of the total length of the average railroad.
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While traveling we have come across quite a few of these still in existence

Many timber trestles were built in the 19th and early 20th centuries with the expectation that they would be temporary. Timber trestles were used to get the railroad to its destination. Once the railroad was running, it was used to transport the material to replace trestles with more permanent works, transporting and dumping fill around some trestles and transporting stone or steel to replace others with more permanent bridges in the later 20th century, tools such as the earthmover made it cheaper to construct a high fill directly instead of first constructing a trestle from which to dump the fill. Timber trestles remain common in some applications, most notably for bridge approaches crossing floodways, where earth fill would dangerously obstruct floodwater.

Some of the more well known trestles are discussed in the following excerpt:

One of the longest trestle spans created was for railroad traffic crossing the Great Salt Lake on the Lucin Cutoff in Utah. It was replaced by a fill causeway in the 1960s, and is now being salvaged for its timber.

Many wooden roller coasters are built using design details similar to trestle bridges because it is so easy to make the roller coaster very high. Since loads are well distributed through large portions of the structure it is also resilient to the stresses imposed. The structure also naturally leads to a certain redundancy (provided that economic considerations are not overly dominant). Such wooden coasters, while limited in their path (not supporting loops), possess a certain ride character (owing to structural response) that is appreciated by fans of the type.

The Camas Prairie Railroad in northern Idaho utilized many timber trestles across the rolling Camas Prairie. The major trestle across Lawyers Canyon was the exception, constructed of steel.



Instructions for Posting a Wooden Rail Trestles Waymark:

One picture is required but additional are always welcome. Please be sure it is clear and we can tell it is wooden. Any information

about the trestle would be an added bonus.  Please list the name, if there is one, and location, ie.....Rockhill, North Carolina.

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