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P&WV - Copeland Tunnel

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Bypassed Tunnel on Norfolk Southern Railway (former Norfolk & Western Railway)
Harrison County, Ohio
Closed to all traffic, bypassed
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway (P&WV)
- Pittsburgh, Toledo & Western Railroad (PT&W)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
- Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal Railway (WPTR)
- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (1990) (WLE)
Total length: 856.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal Ry. Copeland Tunnel
Tunnel #16
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.32479, -80.91444   (decimal degrees)
40°19'29" N, 80°54'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/507268/4463810 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43544 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added total length and original name
  • December 8, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added category "Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal Railway"
  • November 14, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added Name
  • November 14, 2013: New Street View added by Kelly McClanahan
  • October 25, 2009: Added by Joshua Collins

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  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Kelly McClanahan
  • Luke
  • James Holzmeier - wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ryan Freeland - ryan [dot] freeland1980 [at] gmail [dot] com


Copeland Tunnel
Posted April 2, 2017, by Thomas R Engel (Thosengel [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bypassed PRR/Panhandle tunnels: about 7-8 miles East of Steubenville Dinsmore/Bertha/Tunnel #4; this was just west of Burgettstown PA. Bypassing ca. 1949 to increase clearances.

WLE - Spellacy Tunnel
Posted February 12, 2015, by James Holzmeier (wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com)

856' long, according to a W-PT track profile. This tunnel was originally named Copeland Tunnel. It was re-named after one of the landowners where it was built.

NS - Spellacy Tunnel
Posted February 11, 2015, by Anonymous

This tunnel was NEVER a PRR/CR/OHCR tunnel. It was a Wabash/P&WV/N&W/now-W&LE tunnel which is located just to the SE of the new Mark West Energy Hopedale Fractionator/Rail Yard complex along and serviced by the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad.

The tunnel I can most closely picture as being confused with this one would be bypassed tunnel #6 along the PRR/CR/OHCR Panhandle Line between Reed's Mill and Fernwood.

What was the length of Spellacy tunnel?

NS Spellacy Tunnel
Posted November 26, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

Thanks for the comment and research. The video I have is about the old Pennsy (Pennsylvania Railroad). These are the old Pennsy "movies" that the PRR put out as a promotion and history of the famous railroad. On one of the segments it speaks of a bypassed tunnel near Steubenville, Ohio. I was just wondering where it was The one on the video it looks very much like this one, as does the cut, but perhaps there are others in the area.

Norfolk Southern Railway Tunnel
Posted June 2, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com )

Perhaps someone can help me here on this tunnel. I have an old railroad video that I think is this tunnel. Did tis used to be a Pennsey (PRR) line before it was NS?