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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Huckleberry Island Trestle (SLR Trestle #5)

Nestled on the north side of Huckleberry Island in Brookdale, one of the more elusive San Lorenzo River trestles hides. The South Pacific Coast Railroad built this trestle north of a cut made in the north-east corner of Huckleberry Island. After crossing the river, the right-of-way continues north over Irwin Way, crossing the river a second time before arriving at Harris. The trestle is located roughly 0.2 miles north of Brookdale and 0.3 miles south of Harris.

The original narrow-gauge bridge was built around 1885 by the South Pacific Coast railroad under the guise of the Felton & Pescadero Railroad. This bridge was likely cheaply made with redwood piers supporting the bridge. At the turn of the century, the Southern Pacific Railroad replaced the trestle with a prefabricated steel trestle built by the American Bridge Company. The new span was installed on two tall concrete piers placed on either bank of the river. Short redwood pier causeways led to these piers on either bank.

View of the north pier from the south pier at the Huckleberry Island Trestle.
The bridge was removed in early- to mid-1934 after the discontinuance of the line. The concrete piers remain, as does at least one of the redwood support piers on the southern bank, sporting an unusual five-pier support system. Both sides of the right-of-way sit on private property and are not accessible without permission.

Right-of-way approaching the Huckleberry Island Trestle from the south. Wood and concrete pier visible in distance.
Redwood pier with unusually five support trunks.
Me standing on the reword pier with the concrete pier in the background.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you made it to the Huckleberry Island trestle site! It is a little tricky to get there isn't it?
    These concrete piers stand out as solid, timeless "monuments" to a railroad which otherwise
    has been harder to trace.