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Carpendale Rail Trail - Knobley Tunnel

Photos 

West portal of Tunnel No. 1636, Knobley Tunnel, milepost 163.57 in Carpendale, West Virginia, looking southeast

Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View this photo at lcweb2.loc.gov

BH Photo #321692

Map 

Description 

This former railroad tunnel should not be confused with the B&O Knobley Mountain Tunnel a few miles farther south.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Knobley Mountain on Carpendale Rail Trail
Location
Carpendale, Mineral County, West Virginia
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1904, abandoned 1995, converted for trail use 2010
Railroad
- Western Maryland Railway (WM)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 1,448.0 ft.
Also called
Tunnel 1636
Knobley Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.63019, -78.77940   (decimal degrees)
39°37'49" N, 78°46'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/690577/4389068 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cumberland
Inventory number
BH 61246 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Added HAER photos & information
  • June 6, 2014: Added by Robert Elder

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Comments 

Carpendale Rail Trail - Knobley Tunnel
Posted December 10, 2020, by Ben F (wvsteeler12 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It abandoned as a through route in May 1975. It was still used by CSX to reach a customer on the East side of the tunnel until 1995.