What is trestle?

  • (noun): Sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop.
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A trestle (sometimes tressel) is a rigid frame used as a support, especially referring to a bridge composed of a number of short spans supported by such frames. In the context of trestle bridges, each supporting frame is generally referred to as a bent. Timber and iron trestles were extensively used in the 19th century, the former making up from 1 to 3% of the total length of the average railroad. In the 21st century, steel and sometimes concrete trestles are commonly used to bridge particularly deep valleys while timber trestles remain common in certain areas.

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Parry Sound CPR Trestle
... The Parry Sound CPR Trestle crosses the valley of the Seguin River, just upstream of the river's mouth at Parry Sound on Georgian Bay, as well as Great North Road, Bay, and Gibson ... Completed in 1907 (1907) by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the trestle is 1,695 feet (517 m) long and 105 feet (32 m) high ...
Arboretum Sewer Trestle
... The Arboretum Sewer Trestle (also known as Arboretum Aqueduct) is a historic trestle in Seattle, Washington, that was listed on the National Register of ...
Concrete Trestles
... The new Kate Shelley High Bridge in Iowa is a concrete trestle. ...
Clio Trestle
... The Clio Trestle is a railroad trestle on the historic Feather River Route of the Union Pacific Railroad ... The trestle is 172 feet (52 m) high and 1,005 feet (306 m) long ...
List Of New Hampshire Historical Markers (201–225) - Markers 201 To 225 - 213. Frankenstein Trestle
... The high steel trestle above was built in 1893 to replace a wrought iron trestle of 1875, and was strengthened in 1930 and 1950 ... Trains used the trestle until 1983 ...

More definitions of "trestle":

  • (noun): A supporting tower used to support a bridge.