“Indiana's Most Spectacular Railroad Bridge”
Tulip Trestle is the world’s third-longest railroad viaduct and the longest rail trestle in the USA. The viaduct spans approximately 2300 feet out over Greene County farmland; land that’s still owned by the family whose patriarchs saw it being built. At its highest point, it’s 157 feet tall and, although it once had several walk-outs placed along the sides, it has no railing and is only wide enough for a train to fit. In other words, there ain’t nowhere to go if a train snuck up on you. (FYI: The trains slow way down when crossing.) The total cost to build the viaduct? $246,504. Total weight comes in at almost 6 million pounds (2895 tons). It’s also been recorded that large barrels of water sat on platforms along the viaduct in case of a fire back in the steam locomotive era. If you’re around the area of Tulip or Solsberry, Indiana, it’s worth a quick trip to see this massive steel structure. There are a couple pull-offs, but keep in mind, the land around and under the trestle is owned by the railroad or is the private property of local farmers. Word on the street is that you’d be trespassing if you wanted a rail-level view of the land. There’s an evident, beat-down trail headed up to the West end of the bridge and we didn’t see any signs thwarting the climb (at the time of this post anyway). Fencing and signs do make their presence known at the top, stating that the book may be thrown at ya if you step out onto the tracks. Tulip Trestle is the world’s third-longest railroad viaduct and the longest rail trestle in the USA. The bridge was built in 1905 and 1906, and spans approximately 2300 feet out over Greene County farmland.
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