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Wood trestle with steel truss?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 7:00 PM

I seem to remember MR did an article on the Stanislaus River Bridge in one of their issues around 2015-16 featuring a modeler that had built it. My short-term memory hasn't been that great lately so don't Bank on itLaugh

I do believe it was before I got my 3-year subscription to MR when I used to check out MR at the library. I remember the bridge was painted red because it was a fire retardant paint they used back then.

The article I remember could have been the same bridge builder.

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Posted by 7j43k on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 7:09 PM

So.  What happened to it?

Did it burn down?  Slowly (fire retardant)?

Whistling

 

Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 7:17 PM

You've always been a smart aleck Ed. Could be why I kind of like ya.

I guess it takes one to know one.

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 7:27 PM

7j43k
Did it burn down?

This would be fun to model:

Bridge and trestle fires were pretty common (hence the fire barrels on some). Once the creosote in the ties and timbers start burning, there's no turning back.

And when the cow kicked it over
She winked her eye and said,
There'll be a HOT time on the old town tonight.

A 20 yr. old arsonist started the fire.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/mayerthorpe-arson-schalm-1.4192783

 

Interesting to note that the Mayerthorpe trestle was rebuilt and trains were running again in less than a month

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 8:05 PM

This is a Trestle I grew up with. Wooden Trestle, steel Truss. This one still exists in St Louis Park Minnesota and is fully operational.  (Pictures taken within 6 months)

Solid as a board. The modern-day treatments to Railroad Lumber are Elite compared to what they were. This trestle Lumber was treated right in St Louis Park but that's a whole nother story.

Since the subject is up. This Trestle was in the news, attempted to be burnt down more than once. Who would try to do such a thing to such a beautiful structure. She just smiled and laughed at her assailants.

Oh and that other guardrail crap wasn't up when we were kids around this trestle either.

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Posted by 7j43k on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 8:48 PM

Yes.  Very nice.  Hope someone models it someday.

I especially like the use of steel to support the girder span, and the funny curved brackets.  Very classy, in an unpretentious way.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 12:35 AM

Ok, I'm sure you meant well by that?

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Posted by 7j43k on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:37 AM

Track fiddler

Ok, I'm sure you meant well by that?

 

I meant what I said.  To me, it's a very interesting structure.  If I were modeling in the area, I would build it.

 

Ed

 

PS:  

Here's a bridge I'd like to model:

 

 

 Actually, I started it awhile ago, but I stopped when I found I didn't have a place for it.

You'll note it's far from flashy.  It actually looks like it'll be replaced next week.  But it keeps on keepin' on.

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