Rating:
6 votes

Hell's Gate

Photos 

Photo taken by Tom Hall in July 2009

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BH Photo #163663

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on Rock Run Church Rd under CSX Railroad
Location
Clay County, Indiana
Status
Open to Traffic
History
Built 1906
Railroad
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Also called
CSX - Rock Run Church Road Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.59116, -87.17673   (decimal degrees)
39°35'28" N, 87°10'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/484825/4382396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brazil West
Inventory number
BH 45024 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1906 (545)
Built during 1900s (6,326)
CSX Railroad (1,265)
Clay County, Indiana (61)
Indiana (4,199)
Open (36,835)
Owned by railroad (9,898)
Railroad (13,165)
Tunnel (1,154)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2017: New photo from Janis Ford
  • January 22, 2017: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • April 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Status
  • April 24, 2010: Added by Tom Hall

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Janis Ford

Comments 

Hell's Gate
Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah... Need a Gondola to get through there right now!

Hell's Gate
Posted May 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice shot Janis, any ghost trains or boats!?

Hell's Gate
Posted September 8, 2015, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Two years ago, I posted that I drove my 2000 Ford Mustang through here. Can proudly say, while out driving around with my Girlfriend yesterday the 7th, I was able to fit my 2012 Ford Focus through here. The Girlfriend thought this was a cool underpass.

Hell's Gate
Posted July 1, 2015, by US 41 (US41 [at] mail [dot] com)

I drove through this today in my F250 today. There were signs posted that said that it is closed. However they didn't block it off so I drove through it anyways. I've also taken my Dodge Neon through it. There's another tunnel about a mile west of this one too.

Hell's Gate
Posted July 24, 2014, by Ralph Demars (rdemars1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I can see why the Google Street View car didn't come anywhere near the area. Nobody wants a haunted Street View!

Hell's Gate
Posted July 23, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Better call Ghost Adventures...And FAST!!!

Hell's Gate
Posted July 22, 2014, by Ralph Demars (rdemars1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Freaky. Are You OK?

Hell's Gate
Posted July 22, 2014, by Hayley

My friends and I went up there last night actually around 3 am and we approached slowly, flashed our lights 3 times, honked 3 times in the middle and went through. We turned around not too far off of the tunnel and as we came the ghost train came over top of the tunnel just like clock work. We went in the middle of the tunnel and turned my friend's truck off...TRUCK (a huge ass excursion)for those of you who think the clearance isn't enough. We sat and waited in darkness and silence for 30 minutes and heard subtle foot steps that sounded like they were coming toward us. Exactly 30 min after we turned off the car the train came rolling back through again...just like clock work. Needless to say after that we were ready to leave. Definitely worth the trip if you want to be scared!!

Hell's Gate
Posted September 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You've got that right Nathan!

Hell's Gate
Posted September 12, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Speaking of bridges from Hell, we have a bridge in Hell, Michigan. Its a typical modern slab of concrete (or UCEB if you wish). I think we can all agree, if Hell has a bridge it would look like this: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hell,+MI&hl=en&ll=42.434424,-8...

Hell's Gate
Posted September 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Guess you can say you've been to HELL and back... huh Steve?

Hell's Gate
Posted September 12, 2011, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Drove to see it today, and yes I can proudly say, a 2000 Ford Mustang goes through it just fine.

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted July 1, 2010, by James Simmons

We got a Chevy Malibu through, just hug the east side of the tunnel, and you'll be fine.

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 25, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

I'm not so sure my 6'w x 18.5' l x 4.5' h 1971 Impala would fit through there...

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 24, 2010, by Joe Nield (joenield [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I drove under this bridge a few years ago, and sustained some scratches to the underside of my front bumper, most likely due to the hole pictured in photo #7. The fact that it was slightly flooded with water made it that much more difficult. I would not drive through this without a high clearance vehicle.

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 16, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I don't think I can get my lawn mower through there.

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 16, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'll take my Blazer through it!.....might lose a mirror (or two).......

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 16, 2010, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

If you think this structure is too short and narrow, check out this beauty from 1823:

http://bridgehunter.com/ny/orleans/culvert-road/

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 16, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Actually, this bridge was ahead of its time... having been designed for electric smart cars

Rock Run Church Road CSX Underpass (Hell's Gate)
Posted June 16, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good Lord!! Looking at the pics, I don't think even my Mustang could make it through that passage. To be honest I don't think it's meant for modern cars.

I challenge anyone on this site to take a pic of their car driving through this LOL