5, 6 PICK UP STICKS…RAIL TRESTLE

By: chesshirecat

Feb 06 2010

Category: Uncategorized

2 Comments


A trestle is a rigid frame used as a support, especially referring to a bridge composed of a number of short spans supported by such frames. In the context of trestle bridges, each supporting frame is generally referred to as a bent. Timber trestles were extensively used in the 19th century, making up from 1 to 3% of the total length of the average railroad.[1] In the 21st century, steel and sometimes concrete trestles are commonly used to bridge particularly deep valleys while timber trestles remain common in certain areas.

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2 comments on “5, 6 PICK UP STICKS…RAIL TRESTLE”

  1. Awesome pic and a great history lesson. I love all of the lines. Very interesting.

  2. I had no idea possibly 3% of the rail miles were built on trestles … one has to wonder about the strength of the older spans. Thanks for the information.

    Regarding reasons to drink, number 6 is because wine tastes good; #7 because it’s good for your heart … so I’m told; #8 is because you’ve been locked in the wine cellar; #9 the wine steward has gone home for the night; #10 you must maintain a healthy daily calorie count somehow.

    LOL!!


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