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The Clinchfield Loops - G: 3rd Washburn Tunnel

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Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in March 2012

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BH Photo #227010

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Washburn Ridge on Clinchfield Railroad (now CSX)
Location
McDowell County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
The third in a series of tunnels that surround Washburn Ridge, in the Clinchfield Railroad's historic descent from the Blue Ridge to the Atlantic coast , tunnel rehabilitated 1913
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad (CCO; Clinchfield)
- South & Western Railway (S&W)
Design
2 concrete lined portals, 466 feet of lined tunnel, 449 feet of unlined, rock-wall tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 915.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Also called
3rd Washburn Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.83988, -82.03712   (decimal degrees)
35°50'24" N, 82°02'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/406336/3966685 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Switzerland
Elevation
2406 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 51622 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 5, 2012: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com