Wooden Trestles, Oldest, Highest, Biggest Still Around

I was talking to a couple about the trestles we have on our layout. They were very interested and, I think, quite surprised that an aged accountant knew so much about them. As usual I was basking in the thought that somebody actually thought I knew my onions. And then came the zingers: “Which was the oldest trestle? Which was the highest and which is the largest that still exists?” I was stumped. I took my wee notepad from my pocket, noted the questions down and promised to investigate and post what I found out here.

Now, before I proceed, let me say that if anyone “out there” has better answers than me I’d be right happy if they would contact me.


This, I am sure, is not the oldest trestle. It is however the oldest of which I have a picture:



Now I don’t know if this counts as the highest or not – it’s over the Crooked River Gorge in central Oregon sits nearly 320 feet off of the water:

Biggest Still Around

I feel more confident about this one – it’s the Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge. It was built in 1932 and it is still standing. It’s 600 feet long and 200 feet high. It is the largest freestanding wooden trestle in the world.


How’d I do?