State Line tunnel(s)

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State Line tunnel(s)

Postby NRGeep » Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:26 pm

Was a tunnel built with original line in 1830's in Berkshires or did they wind around the hill/mountain? Apologies if redundant question.
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Re: State Line tunnel(s)

Postby Allen Hazen » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:55 pm

I hope you get a reply from someone more knowledgeable.
Brief internet search comes up with a statement that the State Line tunnel (originally one bore, two tracks: trains were perhaps smaller in those days?) was built "around 1840," and, on another site, that the first through train ran in 1841. So it sounds as if the tunnel is as old as regular service: whether there might have been temporary trackage I don't know, but climbing big hills wasn't something railways in 1840 were happy doing: witness the "Portage Railway," with its mix of locomotive and cable haulage, before the Pennsylvania built the line through Horseshoe Curve.
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