trestle bridge barrels ?

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  1. fran1942

    fran1942 Member

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    Hello, I am wanting to decorate my trestle bridge, and I noticed some other people have built on small platforms that extend from the edges of their trestles. Some hold barrels (see pic attached).
    What exactly are they for ? (fire emergency water?)
    How commonly were these small platforms found on trestle bridges ?
    Would they fit with US west coast 1910 OK ?

    Thanks for any advice.

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  2. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

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    Those are there full of sand in case of a fire.
  3. Relic

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    Must be a regional thing clerk,the barrels here had water in 'em
  4. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    I agree with Relic, up here they were rain barrels and held water and it was for fires.
  5. shaygetz

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    They were required on every wooden bridge over 50 feet long with an additional barrel every 150 feet, i.e. a 200 foot bridge would have 2 barrels.
  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Mine are based on The D&RGW :) So "water" barrels work... out west in the US :) :) :)

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  7. zedob

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    Big question, who filled them? did the MOW crews carry extra water with them and top the barrels off, or did they rely on the weather?
  8. Clerk

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    I am just going by what I saw on a trestle outside of Bellingham, Wa. I was about 10 or 12 years old and two cousins and I walked across this trestle and looked into 2 barrels and they were full of sand:rolleyes:
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Hey, I got an idea, just put a lid on the barrel and it can be full of whatever you want it to be...:D :D
  10. Clerk

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    Don :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. Doc Holliday

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    I don't know about you guys, but the barrel on the BAD Western trestle is going to be filled with one of the young ladies from the local saloon cooling off on a summer afternoon.
    Doc
  12. Relic

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    I'm gonna guess that in Ca. evaporation might be a factor in using sand
  13. Will_annand

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    I think Doc has the best idea...
    Hey Doc, what about the three girls in the water tower at the Junction?
  14. Russ Bellinis

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    I wonder how effective a barrel of water or sand was in stopping a fire started on a wood trestle built with wood treated with creosote?