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Friday, March 15, 2013

Mount Hermon Trestle

The Mount Hermon Trestle, historically also known as Zayante Trestle #2, passes just south of the site of Redwood Camp in the Mount Hermon Association property. The bridge has a long history of use and has been rebuilt at least once. The original trestle at the site was probably a redwood-built narrow gauged trestle built by the South Pacific Coast Railroad around 1880. The current trestle probably dates to around 1905 when the line was broad gauged under the direction of the Southern Pacific Railroad. It is possible, however, that the current trestle is a third iteration that replaced an earlier broad gauge trestle. If that is the case, the current trestle was probably built in the 1930s and the first two images below would be of a different composition than the third photograph at bottom. Comparisons of the three photographs, however, suggest they are the same trestle.
A picnickers group passing over the trestle heading toward Felton Depot, c. 1920s. (Courtesy Mt. Hermon Assoc.)
A postcard showing the trestle looking north with guard rails and warning signs. (Courtesy Mt. Hermon Assoc.) 
The same scene as above today, looking north. Little has changed over the past ninety years.
From the time that the Mount Hermon Association settled on the old Tuxedo estate onward, track walks across this trestle have been common. All three photos above show wide walking platforms to either side of the tracks, with safety fencing along the sides to detract wayward picnickers from a fall.

The trestle remains in seasonal use today and is constantly maintained by Roaring Camp Railroads, the owners of the branch since taking over from the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1985.

2 comments:

  1. Back in the 1960s I remember getting in trouble for throwing rocks at the train as it crossed this bridge over the Redwood Camp. Great old memories for me! Mr. Editor

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  2. I love walking along this railroad. Thank you for all your research!

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