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TAG Tunnel

Photos 

North portal

Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in April 2009

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BH Photo #136592

Map 

Description 

Entrance to the North end of the tunnel: 34.743156,-85.334241 Entrance to the South end of the tunnel: 34.738577,-85.333201

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned tunnel under Pigeon Mountain on Southern Railway (Formerly Chattanooga Southern and the Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway)
Location
Walker County, Georgia
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1891, abandoned sometime in the early 1980's
Railroad
- Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway (TAG)
Design
Brick masonry tunnel - at each entrance. Bare rock once you're in the interior.
Dimensions
Total length: 1,724.0 ft.
Also called
Pigeon Mountain Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.74467, -85.33485   (decimal degrees)
34°44'41" N, 85°20'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/652426/3845990 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
LaFayette
Elevation
956 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 38498 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2016: Updated by Jeremy Whitehead: Measured the length of the tunnel, added elevation and updated coordinates with North and South ends of the tunnel
  • January 5, 2015: New photos from Kristen Wells
  • April 5, 2009: New photos from Eddie Douthitt
  • January 11, 2009: Added by Eddie Douthitt

Sources 

  • Eddie Douthitt - eddied1962 [at] charter [dot] net
  • Railga.com - Page about the tunnel
  • Trainweb - Another page on the tunnel
  • Kristen Wells - Kristenwells1983 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jeremy Whitehead

Comments 

TAG Tunnel
Posted July 10, 2017, by The Ringgold Railfan (riley [dot] odonald [at] gmail [dot] com)

I visited the tunnel today (7-10-17) and hiked above to the right side where the rock drainage wall is. There is major erosion over the portal (10-20 ft) where all you can see is dirt over the arch of the brick. I'm not any kind of engineer but I do not thing the northern portal is going to be up much longer with the way the water drains.

TAG Tunnel
Posted January 21, 2016, by Jeremy Whitehead (submit+84044 [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Visited the tunnel on 1-20-2016. It had been raining all day and there were numerous spots on the interior where the water had worked it's way down through the rock and was pouring like a small waterfall through the cracks in the rock. The entire interior of the tunnel is all bare, exposed rock and some of it has cracked and fallen in over the years. Nothing major, but just some broken off chunks from the roof and side walls. The North entrance has some shallow standing water that seems to be there pretty much all the time. Waterproof mud boots will be sufficient and the water only extends for about 100 feet or so into the entrance and then it's dry. At the South end, you can see that there has been past efforts to secure the ceiling and walls through the use of wire mesh rebar and concrete. I did see some rock bolts that have been there a LONG time so I'm guessing that these efforts were probably made at the end of the tunnel's useful life. The efforts looked rather half-hearted and only extended for about 100 feet into the South entrance. There is a large section of the rebar mesh that never got concreted and is coming loose from the ceiling.

It seems that many years ago, a fence was placed across the South entrance, but I'm guessing that dates from the original closing of the tunnel in the early 1980's. It is no longer there and only a few remnants of it remain.

This tunnel is quite unique and should be preserved for future generations in some fashion. There were several beer cans and old tires among other garbage left for visitors at the North entrance.