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NW - Coaldale Tunnel

Photos 

Published prior to 1923

BH Photo #389218

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned tunnel for Norfolk & Western Railway
Location
Mercer County, West Virginia
Status
Abandoned
History
Abandoned 1950
Railroad
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 3,015.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.34406, -81.34395   (decimal degrees)
37°20'39" N, 81°20'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/469534/4133096 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bramwell
Inventory number
BH 60861 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • May 5, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • March 21, 2016: Updated by Ian Martin: Moved marker to location of old tunnel
  • March 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added abandonment date
  • May 7, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Norfolk Southern Railway"
  • May 6, 2014: Added by Robert Elder

Related Bridges 

Sources 

Comments 

N&W - Coaldale Tunnel
Posted June 25, 2020, by Blane Pebesma (blane_nandw [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Can anyone confirm that the current coordinates of the coaldale tunnel are indeed correct? I'm trying to reference old topographic maps and aerial photos to see if I can find some form of remnant of the eastern portal (although on-foot expedition may be the only real option to confirm).

N&W - Coaldale Tunnel
Posted June 25, 2020, by Blane Pebesma (blane_nandw [at] hotmail [dot] com)

For those looking to learn a bit more information on the tunnel, here's a few links that should help:

https://thetunneldiaries.com/2013/05/27/elkhorn-tunnel/

(refer to comments and look for Buddy French)

http://shinbrierwv.com/coaldale/return_to_coaldale_-_great_s...

http://shinbrierwv.com/coaldale/return_to_coaldale_photos_-_...

For those interested in learning about the operations surrounding that tunnel, especially its tenure of electrification, refer to the book "Norfolk & Western Electrics" by Mason Y. Cooper

There are some photos of the tunnel on the Norfolk & Western Historical Society website, but they're all of the western portal at Coaldale and none of the eastern portal at Ruth.

N&W - Coaldale Tunnel
Posted March 18, 2020, by Geno (genemills [at] outlook [dot] com)

Does the original Coaldale Tunnel still exist? It's had to find any info on it. Thanks, Geno.

N&W - Coaldale Tunnel
Posted March 20, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Those tracks look remarkably healthy for a tunnel which has been abandoned since 1950. Is the marker in the right place?