dj_paige wrote: ↑Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:46 pm
There are forty trestle bridges, from one to five or more spans, between Attica and Arcade.
This is a shock. The current railroad between Arcade and North Java has only two bridges. Where were the 40 trestles back in 1885?
I can only imagine there was a lot of fill performed when the gauge was widened to eliminate a number of the smaller one-span bridges?
Barring that, north of Varysburg the railroad descended into the Tonawanda Creek valley rather quickly, and I know that was a constant source of frustration for the railroad where the creek moved a lot. In addition to where I count at least 5 bridges over the creek itself as the railroad entered Attica, I'm sure there were a lot of small run-off streams coming down the hill that had to be crossed, something we would probably consider as culverts but they may have built timber bridges over instead?