After 1980 the D&H pulled stopped using the route a few miles south of Lanesboro but kept this portion in for high and wide cars. The Belden Hill Tunnel was too small to fit autorack and other high cars.
In 1985 the State of NY and the Guilford (running D&H at that time) closed the tunnel entirely to enlarge it. This required all D&H trains to travel down the line from Ninevah Junction under the bridge to Jeff Junction a few miles south of Starucca Viaduct. This involved engines running around the entire train and some push / pull moves.
Once the tunnel work was completed, the line was no longer needed and the tracks were pulled in 1986.
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