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AM&O - Jefferson Street Tunnel


April 1971. General View Of Portal

Photo taken by Jack E. Boucher for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #301269

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Early rough cut stone railroad tunnel built approx. 1870 or earlier.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Tunnel on Railroad
Lynchburg, Virginia
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1870
- Atlantic, Mississippi, & Ohio Railroad (AM&O)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.41691, -79.14134   (decimal degrees)
37°25'01" N, 79°08'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/664476/4142744 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 63593 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 25, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 29, 2017: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 5, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 12, 2014: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER VA-9 - Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad, Jefferson Street Tunnel, Norfolk & Western RY main line, Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


AM&O - Jefferson Street Tunnel
Posted September 25, 2020, by Garland R. Harper (grharper [at] aol [dot] com)

Recently the cinder block that sealed the north portal has been removed. It is said that the Amazement Square people would like to incorporate it as part of their children's museum. 1985 and 2019 views.

AM&O - Jefferson Street Tunnel
Posted September 25, 2020, by Garland R. Harper (grharper [at] aol [dot] com)

I'm reasonably sure this was not part of the AM&O. That was a predecessor of the Norfolk & Western. This tunnel has a Southern Railway heritage. In fact, this was the Southern's main line through Lynchburg until its cutoff (bypass) around downtown was opened in March 1911.

Both RRs occupied space in downtown Lynchburg in the early days. They crossed at grade a little north (Southern) or west (N&W) of the tunnel.

The Southern bypassed the tunnel in November 1970, and the reroute is still used today. Read all about it below.


The picture is similar to the one in the article.