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Westminster Junction Drainage Arch

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Westminster Junction Tunnel #5

About the location of tunnel #5

Photo taken by John Marvig in November 2013

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BH Photo #271265

Description 

Westminster Junction is a busy railroad interchange point, sending trains towards Minneapolis, Eau Claire and La Crosse. The 2 level interchange serves BNSF, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific. A standard wye makes up the top level, and a BNSF double track mainline splits making up the lower level. The Great Northern and Chicago Northwestern interchanged on top, and the Northern Pacific and Soo line below. All four railroads could interchange with each other here.

The four tunnels of the congested railroad corridor located at Westminster were built between 1882 and 1909. There was a fifth, the Soo Line tunnel, which has since been filled.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Drainage Ditch on BNSF Railway
Location
St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Status
Open to traffic above
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Great Northern Railway (GN)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Span length: 15.0 ft.
Total length: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.96288, -93.08682   (decimal degrees)
44°57'46" N, 93°05'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/493153/4978831 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul East
Inventory number
BH 58903 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2013: Added by John Marvig

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