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316 Trestle Bridge

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Production: 1949

History
The 316 Trestle Bridge is designed from a typical mid-size trestle bridge built in many locations throughout the United States during the 1940's. Many operators use the 316 Trestle Bridge in conjunction with either the 110 Graduated Trestle set or 111 Elevated Trestle set.

Originally manufactured during the prewar era (1940 through 1942), the 316 did re-surfaced during the postwar years, but only for a single year -- 1949. The postwar version is much harder to locate compared to the prewar version. Externally, both the prewar and postwar versions are identical, the only difference being the type of lettering on the bottom base of the bridge.

Operators of postwar Lionel trains must be extremely cautious when using a trestle bridge on their layout. Feight cars such as the 6460 Crane car, 3424 Brakeman car or any of the helicopter cars need to have the car or its load properly aligned so as to not get caught on the side or top of the trestle.

Collector quality bridges -- along with their original boxes -- are difficult to locate. Most 316's are usually found in poor condition as the bases and sides are frequently scratched or chipped from usage.

Features
The 316 Trestle Bridge includes the following features: silver-painted steel bridge, solid sheet metal base and a trestle superstructure.

Determining a prewar 316 from a postwar version is easy. Prewar 316 trestle bridges have the Lionel number and corporate information printed in black ink on the bottom of the base. Postwar 316's have the typical Lionel item number and nomenclature stamped into bottom of the base.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The trestle bridge is 24" long, 6" wide and 5.5" high.

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - Al 316's are postwar versions are painted silver with the number and company information stamped into the base of the bridge.

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