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 Posted: Sat Jun 9th, 2012 09:47 pm
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These days my newest job has me driving a Dodge 3500 one ton truck hauling new horse/stock trailers to our dealer network around the US and Canada. After delivering trailers, I run back to Oklahoma City in just the truck which gives me the opportunity to stop and view things of interest that I could never do when I was driving a semi with all the limitations that come with finding a place to park an 80,000lb vehicle.

Several years ago I passed a railroad trestle on my way to Whitecourt, Alberta. It was late, it was dark and there was no place to park the Kenworth I was then driving.

A few days ago I once again passed that railroad trestle on my way to Grand Prairie where I was delivering a couple of gooseneck horse trailers. On the way back in just the Dodge I was able to go down a gravel road next to the trestle and take some pictures.














A bit of Googling reveals that this is the Rochford Bridge Trestle in the hamlet of Rochford Bridge on Hwy 43 about a hour west of Edmonton. It is the longest wood trestle in North America CNR 2,414 ft. long, 110 ft. tall and built in 1914. Two short portions have been replaced by steel and it is still in use by CN.





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 Posted: Sun Jun 10th, 2012 02:22 am
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Hey Buddy, glad that you posted those photos!

That is one heck of a pile of sticks. Built in '14, I wonder over the years if anything remains of the original structure--or is it like Grandpa's axe-5 handles and two heads later.

As I said when you Emailed the one shot--one of the things that has preserved it is the lack of underbrush around and under it. Less likely hood of a fire destroying it.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 10th, 2012 02:25 pm
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I was surprised not to see any evidence of fire damage. But as you mentioned, likely parts of it have been replaced in it's long history. Several water barrel platforms were located along it's length although there were no water barrels. I opted not to risk going out on the trestle to take a photo of the nearest platform but did manage a few shots from below.



Aside from the portion over the highway being replaced is the part spanning the small river which according to the imprinted dates on the base supports occurred in 1959.



What I found interesting is how the bents seemed to simply sit atop posts driven into the ground with no obvious evidence of actually being secured to those post. Maybe there are wood dowels or steel pins inside to prevent movement?











 

 



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 Posted: Sun Jun 10th, 2012 04:00 pm
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Dig a big hole in your back yard--the Gopher needs a trestle!

Well maybe not QUITE as long as that---


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 Posted: Sun Jun 10th, 2012 11:57 pm
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Wooow, that´s a big trestle!! Great pics Dwayne! Thanks for share. :thumb:



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 Posted: Mon Jun 11th, 2012 11:56 pm
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Man, those are some really nice photos with plenty of details! Nitpickers beware!

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Imagine all the NMRA judges going over wood trestles armed with all this pictures!.



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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 10:06 pm
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Yes-I have never seen melted creosote dripping down on any contest models. Surely it must be added for a "first place" job. OK, how would one model this melted nastiness on a model?

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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2012 02:44 pm
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White glue, mixed with black shoe dye?

And I have had to bite my tongue when I see a model with --what I consider-- over distressed wood

Well--shut my mouff!!!



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I finally took some time to stop in Lethbridge, Alberta this afternoon as I make my way back home to OKC. The reason for the stop was to snap some photos of the Canadian Pacific trestle over the Oldman River.

A marker on the east side provides some info...



Looking west from the south side...



Agian looking west from the north side...



View to the west from beneath...



And finally a screenshot from Google maps...



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