In the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of Rails to Trails magazine, we asked readers to tell us about their
favorite bridge or trestle on a rail-trail.
It was great to hear from so many rail-trail fans across the
country, telling wonderful stories about the High Trestle Trail in Iowa, the
Walkway Over the Hudson in New York, and the Salisbury Viaduct Trestle along
the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania, to name a few.
But it was especially pleasing to hear from our rail-trail
friends north of the border, who told us about the recent reopening of an historical trestle that now connects the two formally separated sections of the Cowichan
Valley Trail through the spectacular forests and former settlement communities
on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The Kinsol Trestle was built in the early part of the 20th
century, and from 1920 to 1979 carried an estimated five billion board feet of
timber from forests around Lake Cowichan to ports and markets nearby.
Distinguished by a seven -degree curve over a low-level Howe
truss (named after its inventor, William Howe, from Spencer, Mass., who
patented his truss design in 1840), the Kinsol Trestle is a monster at more
than 145-feet tall and more than 600-feet long.
Its restoration was driven by a strong and committed local
trail community, and residents eager to see an important part of the area's
pioneering history survive.
The trestle was officially opened on July 28 of last year,
with several hundred eager hikers serenaded across the trestle by a band of bagpipers.
The new bridge retains 60 percent of its historical timber.
For more information about the Kinsol Trestle, as well as a
library of wonderful photos, visit www.kinsoltrestle.ca.
Photos courtesy of www.kinsoltrestle.ca
I don't remember seeing tresles or tunnels amoung the search for trails criteria options on the trail links wedsite, might be a good idea to include it as that criteria might make you plan a vacation around a particular trail because of its uniqueness.
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