The large wooden trestle that once carried TS trains over the Tuolumne River just south of downtown Modesto burned on Saturday, June 9, in a very fast moving fire. The fire is suspected to have been deliberately set. A large portion of it collapsed in the blaze.
Word is that Union Pacific crews demolished much of the remaining portion of the trestle yesterday. Trains last ran on the line on April 20, 2000. Reportedly light engines still used the trestle to run to the former TS yard office to tie down until about 8 months ago.
-from a report by Ted Benson
For a first hand report and photos by Mr. Benson, click here.