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Walcott Tunnel

Photos 

East Approach

Photo taken by Mike Garland in May 2014

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BH Photo #444400

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned tunnel under Under NW Ridge Road on Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad
Location
Washington County, Oregon
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Abandoned by POTB after storm of 2007.
Builder
- Pacific Railway & Navigation Co.
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 1,400.0 ft.
Also called
The Senator Gordon Smith Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.70673, -123.26349   (decimal degrees)
45°42'24" N, 123°15'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/479489/5061497 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84628 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2019: New photos from Mike Garland

Sources 

  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Walcott Tunnel
Posted May 5, 2019, by Rick Anderson (rick [dot] david [dot] anderson [at] gmail [dot] com)

Had a good trip to the tunnel a weekend ago. It was fairly easy to find if you park on the road and then head down the old "road" to the west. You'll then enter the clear cut part way down and you should be able to see the old tracks to the west. The tunnel has had some plaster collapse, but otherwise looks in good shape. The east end of the tunnel is all huge timber. At some point old timber was removed when the tunnel was rebuilt (was this the 1996 storm or earlier?) and it's stacked to the east side in a pile. Lots of wood!