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MNCW - Otisville Tunnel

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Otisville Tunnel

Panoramio user Adam Elmquist

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BH Photo #298828

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Description 

The tunnel was built in 1908 by the Erie Railroad at the highest point of the Graham Line. The original Erie main line went over the hill and connected at both ends with the tunnel. Later the "over the hill" tracks were abandoned and all trains ran through the tunnel.

It later operated under the auspices of the merged Erie Lackawanna Railway from 1960 to 1976, and then Conrail from 1976 until it was acquired by Norfolk Southern as part of the breakup of Conrail.

Metro-North took over passenger service in 1983. [Wikipedia]

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on Metro-North Railroad
Location
Otisville, Orange County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1908 by Erie Railroad
Builder
- Bennett & Talbot of Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Commuter Rail
- Conrail (CR)
- Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
- Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCW)
- New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 5,314.0 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.47379, -74.53797   (decimal degrees)
41°28'26" N, 74°32'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/538578/4591457 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Otisville
Inventory number
BH 63372 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Erie Railroad", "Erie Lackawanna Railroad", "Conrail", "Metro-North Commuter Railroad", "Norfolk Southern Railway"
  • October 7, 2014: Added by Dave King

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