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FIMX - Willet Hollow Tunnel

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Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2010

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BH Photo #170282

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Description 

The Willet Hollow Tunnel was bored using the single-beam method (standard for railroad tunnel penetration at the turn of the century) through a natural gap at Mount Roosevelt, as part of the Tennessee Central's final segment from Monterey to Glen Alice, Tennessee (later changed to Rockwood) to connect to the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railroad (later Southern Railroad).

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Mount Roosevelt Gap on Franklin Industrial Minerals RR.
Location
Roane County, Tennessee
Status
Track is operated every other day Monday through Friday by Franklin Industrial Minerals. Train departs FIMX complex bound for Rockwood at 8am CST.
Future prospects
Tunnel has opened to the surface in one place, don't suggest entry
History
Tunnel was built as the last section of the railroad from Monterey to Glen Alice, Tennessee (later changed to Rockwood)
Railroads
- Franklin Industrial Minerals Railroad (FIMX)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Tennessee Central Railway (TC)
Design
Rock, reinforced with timber, held with metal plates
Also called
TC Willet Hollow Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.84973, -84.73144   (decimal degrees)
35°50'59" N, 84°43'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/704863/3969657 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rockwood
Inventory number
BH 45700 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com