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I recently received an email from a gentleman offering photos and information about an engineering marvel in Germany... Click here for a larger image in a new window...
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Many thanks to Boguslaw Jankowski of www.airport-on-rails.org for these photos and the information he provided in the email text below. (click on the photos for a larger image in a new window)
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 1887—1895.

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: http://www.multimap.com .

Best wishes,
Bogdan www.airport-on-rails.org

More info...  en.structurae.de ~ www.kaper.us/articles/rendsburg_drawing.jpg
Click on this map to see a wider view...
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I've driven past this trestle many times on the north side of St. Louis, Missouri. It really is quite a structure! It'd look great in a HO or larger gauge model railroad layout. Please click on the photos here to view larger images on a new page. If you're a model railroader and would like to have better resolution files of these photos for modeling purposes, please e-mail me at crazycatmaninorangehat@comcast.net. (Please don't copy or use these photos for any other purpose, the original photographs posted on the Feline Gardens website are copyrighted materials) Train trestle on north side of St. Louis, Missouri. Photos are copyrighted 2004 by Marty Smith Train trestle on north side of St. Louis, Missouri. Photos are copyrighted 2004 by Marty Smith
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