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RI - Argyle Tunnel

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East portal

Photo taken March 2007 by Nathan Morton

Map 

Description 

This was the second of four tunnels along The Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad's St. Louis mainline. Located approximately 128 miles west of St. Louis, it is the only of its relatives to feature an unfinished, bare-rock interior beyond its concrete portals. The western half of the bore is curved, obscuring through sight from one end to the other. In 2003, 'tell-tales' still hung near the eastern portal, which once warned trains of the limited hight clearance inside the tunnel.

The relief casting above the portal opening reads: "Tunnel No. 2 1903"

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under a hill and CR 541 between Meta and Koeltztown
Location
Osage County, Missouri
Status
Railroad line inactive since 1979
History
Built 1903
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 1,223.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.31380, -92.08081   (decimal degrees)
38°18'50" N, 92°04'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/580358/4241032 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Argyle
Inventory number
BH 22243 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Name change
  • November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description added.
  • April 23, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • April 4, 2007: Posted photos from Nathan Morton

Sources 

  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Brian Parkinson - railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke