Tulip Trestle Observation Deck open to patrons for Christmas celebration

Monday, November 30, 2015

BLOOMFIELD -- Visitors will be able to see Indiana Rail Road's Santa Train cross the Tulip Trestle Saturday morning.

Christmas at the Tulip Trestle Observation Deck will allow a front row seat for visitors to see the train cross, as well as get into the Christmas spirit on the decorated deck from 8:30-11 a.m.

The Tulip Trestle Observation Deck is located east of Bloomfield.

Tulip Trestle Committee co-chairperson Rita Sharr said patrons will see the train cross once it leaves Solsberry and heads to the stop in Bloomfield.

"A lot of people, even people that have lived here for a long time, have never seen a train go across the trestle," Sharr said, noting it is a sight to see.

Committee treasurer Marcy Vandeventer added while a train crosses the tracks four times a day, this is the perfect opportunity because they know almost the exact schedule of the train as it heads to Bloomfield to greet local families.

Santa Claus will also be stopping by the deck to greet children between train stops.

In addition, cookies , hot chocolate, cider and other treats will be served while visitors wait for the main attraction.

Sharr said this is an excellent opportunity for people to visit the Tulip Trestle Observation Deck, which had its ribbon cutting on Oct. 25.

"We started working on it in April and on Oct. 25 had the ribbon cutting. It's been a long process," she explained.

Members of the committee are looking forward to hosting a fun event at the observation deck and have several other ideas in mind for the future. In recent months, the observation deck has been host to a few events, such as a 5K in April, to bring attention to the area.

The community was invited to participate in each part of the process as the project progressed. Vandeventer noted each time concrete was poured or there was a new addition, everyone was invited to help.

The implementation of the Tulip Trestle Observation Deck was part of a long process, starting with a grant acquired by the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2013 for the Richland-Plummer Creek Watershed.

The project drew eyes back to the area, which features one of the longest of this type of bridge still in use by the Indiana Rail Road.

The sprucing up of the Tulip Trestle area, also known as the viaduct, led to the creation of the observation deck.

Vandeventer said she visits the observation deck frequently to keep it stocked with brochures and has frequently seen groups of motorcyclists who have made it a stop along their ride.

"I went up there and there were about 30 motorcycles up there one day," Vandeventer noted.

As an added draw, the committee is working with the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library to add a Little Free Library. It will feature a small book exchange.

While the observation deck is being actively used, Vandeventer said there is still work to be done and the community's help is needed.

"We need donations. We want to put in permanent restrooms. Right now we are just using the Porta Potties," Vandeventer explained.

Donations can be made online at www.tuliptrestle.webs.com or at any BloomBank location in the name of Tulip Trestle Community Restoration, Inc.

The Indiana Rail Road Santa Train will make its first Greene County stop at the Yoho Store in Solsberry at 8:30 a.m. The train will also stop on Seminary Street in Bloomfield at 11 a.m.; Southeast C Street in Linton at 1:30 p.m.; Main Street in Dugger at 4 p.m.; and the City Park in Jasonville at 6 p.m.

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