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N&W - Hollins Mill Tunnel

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Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in January 2017

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BH Photo #377421

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Overview
Tunnel under Hillside on James River Heritage Trail
Location
Lynchburg, Virginia
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built ca1850-rough cut tunnel; abandoned 1982
Railroads
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 508.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Also called
James River Heritage Trail Tunnel
N&W Tunnel
Norfolk and Western Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.42172, -79.15507   (decimal degrees)
37°25'18" N, 79°09'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/663250/4143254 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lynchburg
Inventory number
BH 75378 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 1, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • January 29, 2017: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

N&W - Hollins Mill Tunnel
Posted September 25, 2020, by Garland R. Harper (grharper [at] aol [dot] com)

Rusty rail about a month after it was abandoned. Was the route of Lynchburg's first railroad, the Virginia & Tennessee, chartered in 1848, and was successor Norfolk & Western's main line through Lynchburg until the bypass (the "Belt Line") around downtown Lynchburg was opened in the Spring of 1908. N&W passenger traffic continued to use this route until late December 1964. Last used by N&W to interchange freight cars with the C&O. Following the merger of the N&W and Southern Ry. on June 1, 1982, the tunnel route was abandoned and interchange traffic was routed on the Southern's Old Main line.