Trestles – Building a trestle – Pile drivers

Club members Joe Green, Frank Davis and I are building a trestle. Not any old trestle but a model of the long trestle that used to “live” close to the sea at the bottom of what is now McKerricher Park in Cleone just north of Fort Bragg.

Building a trestle isn’t easy – there is a lot of prep getting the wood ready, staining the wood, building the bents, assembly and installation. So, imagine you were the engineer standing where this pic was taken from before any of these trestles were built:

Trestles

Trestles

The longest trestle according to the photo is 1,830 feet long. The mind simply boggles at the immensity of the task. And the tools? A donkey engine driven pile driver and back breaking labour. And if you worked the pile driver look where you spent your working life:

Pile driver at work

Pile driver at work

Pile driver in operation

Pile driver in operation

Boy oh boy am I glad I was born in 1943 and not 1843 and didn’t spend my working life in the woods.