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CSX - Sandy Ridge Tunnel

Photos 

South Portal - 7, 854 feet to the other end

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in October 2010

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BH Photo #187375

Map 

Description 

Longest railroad tunnel in Virginia, 2nd longest railroad tunnel in the South, 10th longest railroad tunnel in the U.S.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Sandy Ridge (Tennessee Valley Divide) on CSX Railroad (formerly Clinchfield Railroad)
Location
Dickenson County, Virginia
Status
Tunnel is open to rail traffic, vented in two locations on Sandy Ridge
History
Built 1914 as part of the Elkhorn Extension, the last 35 miles of the railroad built between Elkhorn City, Kentucky and Spartanburg, South Carolina
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad (CCO; Clinchfield)
Design
2 concrete portals at north and south entrances, timber-lined initially in 1914, cconcrete-lined in 1916.
Dimensions
Total length: 7,854.0 ft. (1.5 mi.)
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Clinchfield - Sandy Ridge Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.99954, -82.30025   (decimal degrees)
36°59'58" N, 82°18'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/384305/4095610 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul
Elevation
1844 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 47031 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • November 17, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

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