The Clinchfield Loops - K: Lower Pine Ridge Tunnel
Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in March 2012
Of the 17 tunnels in the Clinchfield Loops, Lower Pine Tunnel is the longest, at 2,211 feet. Its twin, Upper Pine Tunnel farther up the ridge, is 1,600 feet long.
- Tunnel under Pine Ridge on Clinchfield Railroad (now CSX)
- McDowell County, North Carolina
- Open to traffic
- Built as part of the S & W's Altapass to Marion segment; rehabilitated 1914
- Lower Pine Tunnel has 2 concrete portals on either end, extending only 144 feet into the tunnel. The rest of the bore, over 2,000 feet, is unlined rock-wall, and varies in height and width along the full length.
Total length: 2,211.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
- Also called
- Lower Pine Tunnel
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.86471, -82.02210 (decimal degrees)
35°51'53" N, 82°01'20" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/407722/3969425 (zone/easting/northing)
- 2274 ft. above sea level
- USGS topographic map
- Little Switzerland
- Inventory number
- BH 51628 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- March 6, 2012: Added by Calvin Sneed
- Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com