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:
This picture 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 first model of the Virgin Creek Trestle is below:
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 produced a picture. So …… the model had no cross bracing!
Late last fall 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. Work has been ongoing and the new trestle with proper bents is nearly complete.
Good work by the construction crew particularly President Chuck Whitlock and club member Joe Green