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The Clinchfield Loops - L: Bird Ridge Tunnel

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Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in March 2012

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BH Photo #227096

Description 

Bird Ridge Tunnel is one of three tunnels (Lower Pine Ridge and Speedy) all on the same tangent.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Bird Ridge on Clinchfield Railroad (now CSX)
Location
McDowell County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built as part of the S & W's Altapass to Marion segment; rehabilitated 1914
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad (CCO; Clinchfield)
- South & Western Railway (S&W)
Design
Bird Ridge Tunnel has two concrete portals on either end, extending 84 feet into the bore. The rest of the tunnel, 257 feet, is unlined, rock-wall.
Dimensions
Total length: 341.0 ft.
Also called
Bird Tunnel
Bird Ridge Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.86826, -82.01643   (decimal degrees)
35°52'06" N, 82°00'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/408237/3969813 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Switzerland
Elevation
2231 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 51629 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2012: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

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