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Tulip Trestle, aka The Viaduct
2615 North Viaduct Road · Bloomfield, IN 47424
The Tulip Trestle, locally known as “The Viaduct”, is the largest railroad viaduct in Indiana!
It was built in 1906 and stretches across the Richland Creek Valley in Greene County, Indiana. When the Tulip Trestle was originally built, it was ranked the longest rail trestle in the U.S. and the third-longest in the world. Built of solid steel, the trestle is 2,295 feet long, 157 feet tall, and weighs 2,700 tons. Today, it is still used by the Indiana Rail Road Company.
Due to safety reasons, the train schedule is not released to the public. The Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD), shared, “Freight trains do not run on a set schedule like passenger trains do – INRD trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On some rail lines you may see only one or two trains a week, while busy lines can have multiple trains a day. We pride ourselves on being available at all times for our customers, so when their demands change, we change with them.” So, keep your eyes and ears open while visiting; you might get lucky and spot a train crossing the viaduct!
The Tulip Trestle Observation Deck provides a great scenic overlook. The overlook is ideal for taking in the panoramic views, snapping photos, and enjoying a meal at one of the picnic tables! Near to the observation deck are two informational signs, a portable toilet, and a Free Little Library.
Tulip Trestle Community Restoration (TTCR), a nonprofit community organization, is dedicated to the conservation of the viaduct area and preserving the community’s local history. TTCR partnered with Lindsey Concrete to build the custom observation deck. This spectacular vantage point is a must-see destination when traveling in Southern Indiana. Learn more by visiting the Tulip Trestle’s website.
Local chatter suggests these annual events:
Tulip Trestle 5K
One of the most unique 5Ks around! Begins with a shotgun start, participants may walk or run to explore the magnificent, marked hills of Greene County, including the viaduct.
The event usually occurs in May. For additional information, check out the Green County Viaduct Project Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc. event page on Facebook.
Santa Train from the Observation Deck
Following the Santa Train’s stop at the Yoho General Store, join folks as they gather at the Tulip Trestle’s observation deck to wave farewell to Santa and the Disney Characters as they cross the 157 feet tall viaduct. It is a spectacular sight! For additional information check out the Green County Viaduct Project Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc. event page on Facebook.