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LIRR - Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

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Photo taken by David Berkowitz

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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Description 

Built to route a commuter line beneath a busy intersection, it was closed less than 20 years later when the city banned steam locomotives.

This carries the Guinness record for the oldest subway tunnel: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/guinness-world-...

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on abandoned Long Island Railroad
Location
New York City, Queens County, New York
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1844, closed 1861
Railroads
- Commuter Rail
- Long Island Railroad (LIRR)
Design
Masonry tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 2,570.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68974, -73.99263   (decimal degrees)
40°41'23" N, 73°59'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/585117/4504804 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brooklyn
Inventory number
BH 59643 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • February 9, 2014: Added by Clark Vance

Comments 

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Posted February 10, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This group is working to preserve the tunnel:

http://www.brooklynrail.net/proj_aatunnel.html

You can sign a petition to reopen it here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/BHRA1844/petition.html