Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Mendocino Railway Announces Their Bridge Damaged by Recent Fire Has Been Restored


The following is a press release from Mendocino Railway:

The repaired Camp Three Bridge [All photos from Mendocino Railway]

Mendocino Railway, the operator of the California Western Railroad / Skunk Train, a Class III common carrier, offers a follow-up report on the recent Camp Three Bridge Fire incident known as the Spurs Fire, demonstrating its commitment to safety and swift recovery efforts.
Following the incident on July 28, 2023, in which a fire broke out on bridge 15.03 at Camp Three, along the scenic Noyo River route. The fire, was promptly addressed with coordinated efforts, including a helicopter assessment and water drops, resulting in the fire’s successful containment. Mendocino Railway extends its gratitude to CalFire’s Mendocino Unit, the Helicopter crew, and all other responding agencies for their dedicated and professional management of the situation.

Mendocino Railway is pleased to announce that the repairs to Bridge 15.03 have been completed, meeting both CPUC and FRA operational standards. The redwood ties, measuring 11.5″x12″x16′, have been meticulously installed by the Maintenance of Way crews. These ties not only ensure the integrity of the bridge for railbike operations but also make it suitable for heavy rail operations, guaranteeing the safe passage for various heavy rail activities. The selected redwood ties are anticipated to provide lasting support, with an expected lifespan of 50 years in their designated location.
With the completion of this work, Mendocino Railway looks forward to resuming its iconic rail journeys through this enchanting region, offering passengers unforgettable experiences through stunning landscapes while being able to provide necessary services too. 
For further updates or inquiries, please visit https://www.skunktrain.com or contact Robert Pinoli at rjpinoli@sierrarailroad.com

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