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EBT - Sideling Hill Tunnel

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Heading from Plank Road to the west end of the tunnel

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in November 16, 2013

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BH Photo #270580

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Description 

Originally 836' but was reduced when the east portal was rebuilt in 1919 after a collapse. Doors (originally wooden, later metal roll-up doors) were added to one end of each tunnel to help prevent winter air from freezing water on the railheads.

West end of tunnel is 40.204935, -78.051388 East end of tunnel is 40.203985, -78.048684 Both entrances can be found if you follow the (overgrown) tracks from Rt. 994 (Plank Road)

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Sideling Hill on Former EBT
Location
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built by B.J. McGrann and Company of Lancaster. Opened on September 12, 1874.
Builder
- B.J. McGrann & Co. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co. (EBT)
Design
This tunnel was bored between winter 1873 and September 1874 by B. J. McGrann and Company of Lancaster. It passes under Morland's Gap, a low point on Sideling Hill, for which it took its original name.
Dimensions
Total length: 830.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.20493, -78.05139   (decimal degrees)
40°12'18" N, 78°03'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/750957/4454673 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saltillo
Inventory number
BH 58824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co.", "Railroad"
  • November 17, 2013: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description

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