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 Posted: 10 Jun 2014 09:13 pm
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Abandoned Railroad Trestle, Cloudcroft NM. Tracks have been removed:
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 Posted: 11 Jun 2014 08:18 am
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Jose,

That is a good one for seeing how it was built.

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 Posted: 18 Jun 2014 05:13 pm
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Jose,

How was the track fastened down to the longitudinal top timbers, I cannot see any fixing holes etc. ??

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 Posted: 18 Jun 2014 11:19 pm
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Michael: not the foggiest idea. It stumped me also. Jose.



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Could it be it never carried rails, being abandoned before commissioning? I wouldn't be surprised. After some googleing, I found this: http://images.world66.com/th/e_/cl/the_cloudcroft_nm_galleryfull. As the trestle is within a popular recreation area, the forestry commission has replaced the rooten baulks by new ones in case someone walks the trestle.

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 Posted: 19 Jun 2014 07:55 am
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Makes sense. Jose.



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I think this photo shows a trestle under construction and the cross ties are not put in place yet. That's why you don't see any holes in those members.
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 Posted: 19 Jun 2014 12:30 pm
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Googled the pic and found location:
Abandoned Railroad Trestle, Cloudcroft NM
and more info here:
http://www.abandonedrails.com/Alamogordo-Sacramento_Mountain_Railway
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 Posted: 19 Jun 2014 06:45 pm
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Thanks to Helmut & Jose for the additional Internet links.

According to the Abandoned Rails info & the Tourist Sign info the line was complete & functional but the deck now looks restored as compared to Helmut's picture link.

I see the line had an ' S ' curve (reverse curve) trestle !


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 Posted: 21 Jun 2014 09:58 am
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I think that most times--especially if the trestle was on a curve --the ties had a shallow notch to keep them from sliding sideways on the stringers.


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 Posted: 22 Jun 2014 07:01 pm
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..... but wouldn't the ties also either be spiked, screwed, or bolted to the longitudinals ??.


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 Posted: 23 Jun 2014 02:58 am
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of course the sleepers, sorry ties, were bolted to the longitudinals:


But not necessarily every one of them, as you can see in the photo.

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Couple things of note here.

There were no guard rails--which was common US practice (?)

The outboard square pieces, which evidently were there to keep a derailed wheelset from going over the edge, ara bolted to the same tie that is bolted to the longitudinals.

Actually, I prefer "sleepers" to "ties'. I wear slip on shoes, so I,m much better at sleeping, than tying.

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 Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:58 pm
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@Herb
This particular one is in Paisley, Ontario. So it has sleepers, I reckon.



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 Posted: 24 Jun 2014 12:54 am
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Here's a small trestle for a mine tram -- just like the "big" trestle shown above, only every fourth tie is bolted to the stringers.



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 Posted: 24 Jun 2014 05:45 pm
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Interesting photo Ray. Were the wagons/trams/cars pushed by hand - hence the central walkway plank ??.


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Yes, hand-pushed ore carts were used.



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 Posted: 25 Jun 2014 04:15 am
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Any idea where the photo was taken, Ray ?.

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 Posted: 26 Jun 2014 01:38 am
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Michael, that's at the Nivloc Mine in Nevada.



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Thanks Ray.

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