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    Historic Railway Trestles Up In Smoke... [Temp 1]

    As a transportation planner and railway buff, this makes me kinda sad. Those massive forest fires in southern B.C. have claimed some historic wooden railway trestles. They were considered feats of engineering when first built. After the railway disappeared, they were preserved and form part of a nice trail system.

    Hope they're able to rebuild eventually...

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    As a lover of trains and model railroader as a kid, I agree with you. Old train trestles (and old bridges, too) are wonderful things.
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    As always, i heard about this on the CBC this morning. The interesting comment was that they could tell when a trestle went up due to the height and colour of the smoke. One of teh worst things is that they are an integralpart of teh TransCanada Trail and could limit teh viability of the trail in this area.
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    Originally posted by donk@Sep 5 2003, 02:57 PM
    The interesting comment was that they could tell when a trestle went up due to the height and colour of the smoke.
    The trestles were treated with creosote, which while an effective preservative, is also quite flammable.

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    So sorry. We are just getting around to preserving historic railroad trestles. For Florida, amazing that some of ours are over 100 years old. But nothing as spectacular as those you have lost.

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    That truly is a great loss to the people of Canada - a little pioneering and engineering history. Sorry to hear the bad news.

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