James River Trestle 1

By Michael Malsam; posted February 8, 2015

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Some additional photos of the James River Trestle in Lynchburg, VA. Taken from the opposite side of the river from Tracy Schaff's photos. These views are from Riverside Park which offers some of the best views for railfans. This trestle was built in 1911 for the Southern Railway mainline that ran thru Lynchburg. This trestle is over 1,800 feet long and close to 200 feet tall. It was originally built as a double track trestle, but was converted to a single track in 1962. The trestle is still active for Norfolk Southern and Amtrak. While beautiful, this trestle has been the site of many tragedies in recent years. In the past three years, nearly a dozen young people have been killed trespassing on the trestle. The most recent was the November 2014 death of a Liberty University student who was hit by a crossing NS train. A Washington Post article details the tragedy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/lynchburg-police-say-2-people-on-trestle-over-james-river-were-struck-by-train/2014/11/09/208d2626-6858-11e4-b053-65cea7903f2e_story.html