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OW - Northfield Tunnel

Map 

Description 

Built in 1890 to replace a series of switchbacks dating to the railroad's initial construction. Abandoned in 1957 when the NYO&W went bankrupt; remains relatively intact on private land.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned tunnel on New York, Ontario, & Western Railway
Location
Northfield, Delaware County, New York
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1890, abandoned 1957
Railroad
- New York, Ontario, & Western Railway (OW)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 1,639.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.26696, -75.17029   (decimal degrees)
42°16'01" N, 75°10'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/485955/4679430 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Franklin
Inventory number
BH 62091 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

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Comments 

OW - Northfield Tunnel
Posted March 10, 2019, by Chris Bigham (thebigham69 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Supposedly a local boy scout or girl scout troop gives tours of the tunnel. The tunnel lining is in excellent shape and is easy to walk through.

This tunnel was built to bypass 3 switchbacks. When the tunnel opened, the switchbacks were abandoned. A few traces of the switchback grade remains today.