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Virgin Creek Trestle

The Virgin Creek Trestle was the first of five Trestles on the Ten Mile Branch which were needed to get Union Lumber Company's (ULC) trains from the mill opposite downtown to the Ten Mile River basin.

We have only one photo of the Virgin Creek Trestle – this one:

virgin Creek Trestle

This was taken after a severe storm in 1949. The trestle was not repaired but shortened and the remainder turned into a berm. What was left of the trestle was replaced by a berm and a culvert, we believe, in 1959.

A picture of our model of the Virgin Creek Trestle is below:

Virgin Creek Model Trestle

As you can see from the picture we built the model of the trestle with no cross bracing (just as in the picture). We have been told that the trestle MUST have had cross bracing. However NO-ONE has produced a picture. So …… the model has no cross bracing!

Late last fall (2015) the decision was made to replace the eight year old trestle which had suffered the ravages of the Fort Bragg salt air (the layout is but a half mile from the sea), the UV and the winter rains.
The gallery below shows the work to replace the old trestle and the new one.

The old trestle is gone and the support for the new concrete scenery is in place

The old trestle is gone and
the support for the new
concrete scenery is in place

The footings for the new bents are in place

The footings for the new bents
are in place

The new Virgin Creek Trestle virtually complete

The new Virgin Creek Trestle
virtually complete

The new south end with the footings for the new bents

The new south end with the
footings for the new bents

The new north end of the Trestle

The new north end of the Trestle

The new trestle even has a creek

The new trestle even has a creek