By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Trestle back in operation


Last updated 10/26/2023 at 9:42am

Roger Harnack, Whitman County Gazette

The Rebel Flat Creek train trestle has been rebuilt from steel and concrete and has opened for farmers and suppliers to move produce and supplies between Adams and Whitman counties.

WINONA – Trains are running over Rebel Flat Creek only two months after the Winona Fire destroyed the train trestle here.

On Friday, Oct. 20, state officials announced that the trestle has been replaced and the trains are running. The trestle is a vital link connecting wheat farmers and suppliers in Adams and Whitman Counties.

The 197-foot wooden trestle over the creek was destroyed Aug. 19 in the Winona Fire, which burned 2,525 acres as well as several buildings.

"The bridge has been replaced and freight train traffic is once again moving in Whitman County," said Janet Matkin, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation's Rail, Freight and Ports division.

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