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Seaboard Air Line Tunnel

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Seaboard Air Line Tunnel

Columbia, SC recently reopened the former Seaboard Air Line tunnel downtown up again, but as a walking and biking trail this time. These three ladies are among the first group to use the six hundred foot tunnel in this way.

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson

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BH Photo #248283

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Street View 

Description 

-- Built in the early 1900s as part of Seaboard Air Line's Cayce, SC to Hamlet, NC rail line, a major eastern rail route

-- Closed to rail traffic in the early 1990s by SAL successor CSX

-- Reopened in 2012 as a pedestrian walk way

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Hampton Street and Washington Street on the former Seaboard Air Line in Columbia
Location
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Once a railroad tunnel, now open as a pedestrian trail
Railroads
- Rail-to-trail
- Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 600.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.00229, -81.03964   (decimal degrees)
34°00'08" N, 81°02'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/496339/3762410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia North
Inventory number
BH 55497 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 15, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 14, 2013: Updated by Joseph Hinson: Included a brief history
  • February 9, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added "tunnel" asthe design
  • February 8, 2013: Updated by Joseph Hinson: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Seaboard Air Line Railway", "Tunnel"

Related Bridges 

  • Lincoln Street Viaduct (Same project) - The Lincoln Street Viaduct and Seaboard Air Line Tunnel were on the same rail line about a half mile from one another.

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