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CSX - Howard Street Tunnel

Photos 

View Of North Portal Looking Out From Under Mt. Royal Station Train Shed

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #299749

Map 

Description 

The Baltimore Belt Railroad, chartered in 1888, built the Howard Street Tunnel. The seven-mile-long railroad connected the main branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad that extends westward with its Philadelphia branch. Previously, trains had taken a circuitous route around Baltimore, which included ferrying all trains across the Patapsco River. Two decades earlier, the Pennsylvania Railroad had constructed tracks directly into Baltimore. In order for the B & O to remain competitive with the Pennsylvania company, the Baltimore Belt Railroad was built. The growth of the city eliminated the possibility of an above-ground track, necessitating the construction of a tunnel. Construction of the tunnel began in 1890. On May 1, 1895, the first passenger train passed through it.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on CSX Railroad
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Status
Open to traffic
History
1895
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Tunnel
Also called
B&O - Howard Street Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.30711, -76.62008   (decimal degrees)
39°18'26" N, 76°37'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/360319/4352108 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 63465 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,182)
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (285)
Baltimore, Maryland (73)
Built 1895 (238)
Built during 1890s (2,459)
CSX Railroad (1,249)
HAER documented (1,096)
Maryland (654)
Open (36,577)
Owned by railroad (9,823)
Railroad (13,091)
Tunnel (1,150)

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER MD-11 - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Howard Street Tunnel, 1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, Independent City, MD