Saturday, July 30, 2011

Largest wooden trestle . . .

The Koksilah River Trestle, known locally as the Kinsol Trestle, was officially reopened July 28, 2011 after extensive renovation and rebuilding following an arson fire that destroyed a good portion of it. 

It was built by the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (later part of CN Rail) and completed in 1920. It is the largest free-standing wooden trestle in the Commonwealth and one of the largest in the world. Built to cross the Koksilah River near Kinsol Station, it is 44m (144 ft) high and 188m (617 ft) long. The name Kinsol is a contraction of the name of the King Solomon Mine nearby. The trestle was last used by a train in 1979 and closed the next year.

With the reopening of the Kinsol Trestle, the Trans-Canada Trail is now complete between Sidney and Duncan, BC.

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