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Redbank Valley Trail - Climax Tunnel

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West entrance

Photo taken by Brian Manville in October 27, 2016

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BH Photo #368808

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Description 

COURTESY STEAMPHOTOS.COM -- These tunnels were part of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Low Grade, an alternative to the Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Main Line for heavy freight traffic. Conrail sought to abandon the Low Grade Secondary in the 1980s due to declining coal volume. The 110-mile section from Lawsonham to Driftwood was purchased by the Pittsburgh & Shawmut in 1991 and incorporated as the Mountain Laurel Railroad. It was later sold again to Genesee & Wyoming in 1996, merged into their Buffalo & Pittsburgh subsidiary in 2004, and the tracks ultimately removed in 2007. As of 2013, the Redbank Valley Trail utilized the former grade between Brookville and Redbank. The tunnels are expected to be restored and opened as funding permits.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on Redbank Valley Trail
Location
Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Work on the trail is done by volunteers of the Redbank Valley Trails Association - work on the tunnel to repair the brick ceiling will continue into 2017.
Railroads
- Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad (PSR)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Span length: 517.0 ft.
Total length: 517.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.98583, -79.37368   (decimal degrees)
40°59'09" N, 79°22'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/636807/4538457 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Distant
Inventory number
BH 73990 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 27, 2016: Updated by Brian Manville: Added description and photos

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