Monday, March 17, 2008

Howard Tunnel

Howard Tunnel is supposedly the oldest railroad tunnel in the country that has been continuously in use. It says it on a signpost, so it must be true :) I believe the only train that still runs on this track is a scenic one for tourists, and it doesn't run very often. This rails to trails project is fairly unique in that the rails are in place and occasionally used!

The tunnel is roughly 300 feet long, and the interior is lined with bricks. Stones set into the walls proclaim that it was first constructed in 1840 and rebuilt with stone facings in 1866. I find it very weird to be able to see through the ridgeline!

This shot shows the brick surface of the barrel-shaped roof of the tunnel, along with the moss and other accumulations over the years. In several places small stalactites have formed. I guess its the calcium in the mortar that seeps through.

10 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

It looks positively old. A nice photograph. I wonder if it harbors bats or other wildlife? It would be a nice place to have a camera to see what comes and goes through.

Old Wom Tigley said...
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Old Wom Tigley said...

These tunnels are breath taking when you think of what they were dug through, and by whom, and using the tools of the 1800s. We still have many around here, train and canal tunnels. I must do a post on one of these canal tunnels.

Did the tunnel have an echo by the way..

Sand said...

What a cool find!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Good composition on that first image.

Shionge said...

Did you walk through it to capture this shot??? Amazing :D

Rick said...

Great shot. I love railroad pics!

Heidi said...

These are cool! Interesting close-up shot of the tunnel.

I also loved the previous post "Rails, Trails, and Puppy Dog Tails!" Cute ones!!!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Amy,
...That font works well with that great new header.

lv2scpbk said...

Love the way you captured the train track along with the road and tunnel. I like how it looks like it's totally in the woods.