Redbank Valley Trail - Climax Tunnel
Photo taken by Brian Manville in October 27, 2016
BH Photo #368808
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.
- Tunnel on Redbank Valley Trail
- Clarion County, Pennsylvania
- 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.
- - Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad (PSR)
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:
- Inventory number
- BH 73990 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- October 27, 2016: Updated by Brian Manville: Added description and photos