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North Bend Rail Trail - Bonds Creek Tunnel

Photos 

Photo taken by Mike

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

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BH Photo #267503

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel over North Bend Rail Trail
Location
Ritchie County, West Virginia
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chessie System
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 353.0 ft.
Also called
North Bend Rail Trail - Tunnel #13
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.23127, -81.11515   (decimal degrees)
39°13'53" N, 81°06'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/490061/4342447 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisville
Inventory number
BH 56753 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2018: New photos from Kristen Wells
  • November 13, 2015: New photos from Robert Elder
  • November 15, 2014: New photo from Robert Elder
  • November 14, 2014: New photos from Robert Elder
  • October 14, 2013: New photos from Robert Elder
  • October 1, 2013: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • June 24, 2013: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Rail-to-trail"

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Comments 

North Bend Rail Trail Bonds Creek Tunnel
Posted October 29, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I recently found out that my 2X Great Grandfather worked on these tunnels in the 1860s. Apparently, he helped repair the old wooden liners and then helped with the process of lining the tunnels with stone and brick.

His memoir does not say specifically which tunnels he worked on, but he was living in Cornwallis at the time. Many of the tunnels between Cornwallis and Cairo were short and got daylighted in the mid 1900s.

He did mention walking from Parkersburg to Cairo via the railroad once. His trek took him to (likely through) the Silver Run Tunnel west of Cairo and he mentioned that tunnel in his memoir.