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Clinchfield Holston Tunnel

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Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in December 2011

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Description 

Of all the tunnels on the original 277-mile route of the Clinchfield Railroad, this tunnel is the shortest, at 154 feet. The unlined south portal immediately opens up to a deck truss trestle that is built right up to the tunnel entrance. The bridge is the only crossing of the Holston River, South Fork.

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Overview
Tunnel under Holston Ridge on CSX (formerly Clinchfield) Railroad
Location
Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Rehabilitated 1927
History
Built as part of the O & W's Speers Ferry, VA to Johnson City, TN segment, tunnel rehabilitated 1927
Design
42 feet of concrete lined tunnel, 112 feet of unlined, rocked tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 154.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.51651, -82.52836   (decimal degrees)
36°30'59" N, 82°31'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/363152/4042325 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kingsport
Elevation
1272 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 50655 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2011: Added by Calvin Sneed

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