Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indiana Rail Road (INRD)/IC Tulip Trestle

(Bridge Hunter, Satellite)
(Update: the IC's Indianapolis Southern Railroad also built the Shuffle Creek Trestle to get across the hills of Southern Indiana from Effingham, IL to Indianapolis, IN.)
Indiana Railroads shared
This is one of 47 photos that Google has of the trestle.

Please scroll down to near the bottom of the Bridge Hunter for a nice description by Tom Hall.

John Troxler posted
Had some fun on the Indiana Rail Road line and CSX south of Sullivan, IN Saturday 10/22/16. The Fall passenger special was a total surprise! Eric Powell, your RR is the best!John Eagan Hard to believe that creek (Richland Creek) is responsible for that big valley!Wilma Chestnut I was told they didn't run passenger trains over the trestle....I would love a chance to do that. Wonder when it will go again?
[They run at least one passenger train a year --- The Santa Clause Train.]

Robert Brummett posted
Tulip Trestle, Photograph taken in late 1978 or early 1979.
Only Indiana posted five photos with the comment:
For more than 100 years, the Tulip Trestle has spanned more than a large portion of Greene County - it has spanned the generations.
It is one of the most unique structures in the state of Indiana.
"You just sit and watch. Where else are you going to see this?" said Kevin Nemeth.
Constructed in 1906, and named after the nearby community of Tulip, the trestle spans 2,300 feet and stands 157 feet high. Four freight trains still use the bridge each day. If your timing is just right, you may even get to see one pass by.
"Well, if you ever have anything on your mind and you get in the middle of that, it is not on your mind anymore," Nemeth said.
That is why people come - to forget what bothers them and to remember what inspired them, like the 1504. It was the last steam train to pass the trestle and is memorialized in the new Tulip Trestle Observation deck.
The locals say it's a viaduct, but the railroad calls it a trestle.
"It's a trestle and it's a viaduct both, because a viaduct is a structure that crosses water," Historian Larry Shute said. "Here you go, small creek, a lot of span, so either one is correct."
The Trestle has maintained it's mystic for over a hundred years.
"Probably its location more than anything. It is out in the middle of the sticks," Shute said. But people seem to find their way out here and many are making a return trip.
"A lot of people in Indiana never knew this existed. I don't think it gets enough attention," Nemeth said.
The Tulip Trestle is a great place to take pictures, but from afar. Remember, you can't get on the trestle, because trains use it everyday and it's on private property. During the Great Depression, some of the older residents of Solsberry remember workers on the train actually dropping ice cream treats off the bridge to the children waiting below.
(Source: Only in Indiana WTHR August 2015)





Andy Jenkins commented on the above posting
Eric Wright commented on the above posting
Greene County Viaduct posted four photos with the comment:
Just a day ago the area was flooded by the creek that winds under the huge structure. Coming down our driveway and down the road under the trestle the water was across the road in 3 places. Of course this isn't nearly the highest it's ever been. Usually it goes down fast.The skies do look pretty now.



4, cropped

See the bottom of Dave Honan's page for several photos of this trestle.

Streaks of light caused by a train crossing it at night.

TrainFantaics has video, pictures and info.

RG Edmonson catches an Indiana Rail Road double-stack intermodal with a couple of locomotives on the trestle. Indiana Rail Road built an intermodal yard in Indanapolis and arranged with Canadian National to operate intermodal trains from the Canadian west coast that interchange in Newton, IL.

Robert Day posted 12 photos.

More history and photos

It is nice to see someone catching some maintenance work around the piers and abutments.

Adams Ellas Flickr photo of the 2017 Santa Train crossing.

Video from the Santa Train crossing the trestle.

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