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NS - Merrimac Tunnel

Photos 

Looking NW

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in February 2017

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BH Photo #379015

Map 

Description 

A long tunnel that crosses between Christiansbug, and Blacksburg, VA. Built by the Virgianin Railway Company in 1914. (Source was Trains Magazine, July 2012)

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under under town on railroad
Location
Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914
Railroads
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Virginian Railway (VGN)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 5,176.0 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Also called
Allegheny Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.17587, -80.41572   (decimal degrees)
37°10'33" N, 80°24'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/551867/4114542 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blacksburg
Inventory number
BH 56690 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: corrected date
  • June 23, 2013: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Fixed Typo/ added dates
  • June 21, 2013: Added by Kelly McClanahan

Sources 

  • Kelly McClanahan
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Merrimac Tunnel
Posted October 3, 2014, by Chad Kelham (chadkelham [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just a little more FYI about the Merrimac Tunnel: it's located on Norfolk Southern's Whitethorne District (ex-VGN)