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CSX - State Line Tunnel

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CSX - State Line Tunnel

west portals-PC train on Track 1

Photo taken by Geoff Hubbs in June 1972

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #444259

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Description 

Contrary to popular belief, the tunnel does not cross the state line nor is it located at a railroad high-point. It is located several miles west of the political boundary and there is a steady eastbound grade up to Richmond Summit in MA. The north bore dates to circa 1840 and was once double track. The south bore was added during the line-wide 1912 upgrades for a third track. The north bore was subsequently single-tracked and eventually vacated when Conrail single-tracked much of the B&A in the late 80s.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Taconic Range and Tunnel Hill Rd on CSX Berkshire Subdivision
Location
Canaan, Columbia County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Original tunnel built 1840, second bore added 1912, 1840 bore abandoned 1988 with single-tracking
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
Design
Rock Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 580.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.38018, -73.44577   (decimal degrees)
42°22'49" N, 73°26'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/627950/4693158 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Canaan
Inventory number
BH 61855 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 23, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

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