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UP - Tunnel 26

Photos 

West Portal Of Tunnel 26, Contextual View To Northeast From Atop Tunnel 25 (Haer Ca-201), With Tunnel 27 (Haer Ca-203) Visible In Distance, 210mm Lens. View Is Along New Line, With Original Central Pacific Transcontinental Line Crossing Over The Top

Photo taken by Ed Anderson for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #299174

Map 

Description 

The Central Pacific First Transcontinental Railroad is a segment of the western half of the first transcontinental railroad, built from Sacramento, California to Promontory Summit, Utah between 1863 and 1869, where it joined the Union Pacific Railroad which had built west from Omaha. For the purpose of the current project, the first transcontinental railroad was found likely to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance under Criterion A for its significance in transportation history, in uniting the East and the West, and in the development of the West. The railroad's period of significance is 1869 to 1945, from the line's completion in 1869, through the years of its role in the settlement and development of the West, to the conclusion of the railroad's achievements in World War II. Tunnel 26 is a contributive element of this property.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Under Railroad on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Placer County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1909
Builder
- Utah Construction Co. of Ogden, Utah
Railroads
- Central Pacific Railway (CPRR)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Also called
Applegate Crossing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98904, -120.99459   (decimal degrees)
38°59'21" N, 120°59'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/673686/4317472 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Greenwood
Inventory number
BH 63433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER CA-202 - Central Pacific Transcontinental Railroad, Tunnel No. 26, Milepost 133.29, Applegate, Placer County, CA