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Westminster Junction Tunnel #4

Photos 

Photo taken by Michael Hicks

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #266968

Map 

Description 

Westminster Junction is a busy railroad interchange point, sending trains towards Minneapolis, Eau Claire and La Crosse. The 2 level interchange serves BNSF, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific. A standard wye makes up the top level, and a BNSF double track mainline splits making up the lower level. The Great Northern and Chicago Northwestern interchanged on top, and the Northern Pacific and Soo line below. All four railroads could interchange with each other here.

The four tunnels of the congested railroad corridor located at Westminster were built between 1885 and 1909. There was a fifth, the Soo Line tunnel, which has since been filled.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel carrying BNSF Railway under Westminster Jct East Wye Track
Location
St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1889
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Great Northern Railway (GN)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 282.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.96108, -93.08508   (decimal degrees)
44°57'40" N, 93°05'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/493289/4978630 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul East
Inventory number
BH 53265 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 21, 2013: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 29, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • August 26, 2012: Added by John Marvig

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