In the past couple of days, searching for leads on a couple of historic railroad trestles in Alabama, I came to the shocking realisation that there are rather few resources on old rail bridges available. There are several sites for documenting and preserving our historic, irreplaceable road bridges, but often there is only scant information about the rail bridges that have graced the country throughout the last 150 years. And with only a few massive imposing viaducts left, I think it’s rather important to document what we have left – and what we’ve lost – and preserve at least the memories (and the statistics) of our historic trestles and viaducts.
This is kind of a side project of mine. I’ve always liked railroad trestles and viaducts, but only recently has my love for architecture spread into my appreciation of these bridges – and now more so than ever it’s becoming a bit of an obsession. I appreciate every little scrap of information, story, photo, et cetera that anyone can provide; absolutely anything you can do to help with this is graciously appreciated, and with your help, we can develop an online repository strictly regarding rail bridges.
My main areas of interest, and the site focus, are the deck plate girder and wood/steel stringer trestles/viaducts (see Kinzua bridge, Tulip trestle, etc to get an idea of this type of structure) of the Southeastern states, but details of any rail bridge of any type anywhere will be appreciated.