On Track with Stamped Concrete

The Indiana Railroad Co. still uses the 110-year-old Tulip Trestle near Solsberry, but there was no safe place to watch trains cross the 2,295-foot structure spanning Richland Creek. That changed in late 2014, when Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc. raised money and recruited volunteers to build a concrete observation deck. The platform’s S-shaped walkway reinforces the railroad theme with realistic-looking tracks stamped with cut-up wood plank stamps, Pebblestone texture skins, homemade rollers, and acid stain.

The concrete observation deck’s rustic wood plank stamping incorporates this logo depicting #1504, the last steam locomotive to cross the trestle. The logo was designed by Indiana University Facility Operations mason Mike Lindsey, who also owns a stamped concrete business.

Noblesville, Ind., transformed 0.15 acres of blighted land into the city’s first pocket park. As the trailhead for an intersection of the city’s trail system, Riverwalk Depot’s stamped concrete integrates art and functionality.

The Noblesville Street Department spent more than 300 hours working on the concrete walkway. The railroad pattern was formed with custom stamps that, at 6 feet long and 2 feet wide, conform to the wheel gauge of a locomotive sculpture at Riverwalk Depot. The stamps were made using ¾-inch plywood backing, 1/8-inch particle board, cut-up wood plank stamps, and Pebblestone texture skins from Butterfield Color of Aurora, Ill. The concrete was then colored with acid stain and PermaTique.

The Riverwalk Depot pocket park’s centerpiece is this locomotive sculpture created by local artist Rick Heflin. In keeping with the theme, the sculpture’s base is concrete stamped to resemble railroad tracks.

The Parke County (Ind.) Tourist Information Center is located in Rockville’s historic 1883 train depot. The building’s past is honored with a concrete front entrance stamped to resemble railroad tracks. The stamps were specially made by Butterfield Color of Aurora, Ill.

This historic train depot in Rockville, Ind., houses the Parke County Tourist Information Center. In keeping with the railroad theme, the sidewalks were recently stamped using a custom train track stamp by Butterfield Color of Aurora, Ill.

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