|Since you've shown interest in a
particular trestle near St.Louis. I thought you might be
thrilled to see a taller one, which was built in Europe in 1913,
to allow the railway to cross the North Sea—Baltic Sea Canal in
North Germany, not far from the Danish border, itself dug out
alongside rivers and rivulets, across rather flat country, in
I enclose three illustrations:
1: a map of the area, copied from a tourist map (Rendsburg)
1:50000 by Kompass Karten GmbH, Austria;
2 & 3: my photographs, taken in Rendsburg in August 2003.
The trestle was erected at an elevation of 42 meters
above water level, to allow medium-sized ships to pass through.
At its northern end, in order to gradually lower the
(double-track) line to have trains stop at the city railway
station, they had to wind it over a loop.
The two extensions of the loop are: 1650 m = 1 mile from
the intersection to the far end of the loop (more or less
horizontally, on the map); and 900 meters = 0.56 miles
vertically, closest to the eastern edge of the loop.
Unfortunately, I've had no chance to ride a train along this
trestle and its loop.
Should you wish to include this technical feat of nearly
a century ago in your web site, you may use my two photos
freely. As for the map, I assume it should be alright to quote
the aforementioned publisher (
www.kompass.at ) as its source, as
long as it is not serving commercial purposes.
For your convenience, to make you find the place in
Germany, look for it right in the centre of this map: