Double tunnels near Cawood KY

The CSX line (former L&N)  going above these two underpasses is active.  It comes down from Harlan and heads into Hagan Tunnel.  The dating on the faces of the tunnels on this line is 1930.  Since the date on the culvert between these two tunnels is 1951, I suspect (and will readily accept correction) that these probably date to around that time, more than likely replacing a timber structure.  This is the former railroad underpass:










This was a line that branched off a line through Cawood and came through here on the way to Three Point, where there were three drift (deep) coal mines.  Back when the railroad was here (it’s now County Road 1705), the depth of the ballast would have made the tunnel look less intimidating.  This is centered at 36.774076, -83.243284.

This is the auto underpass, just next to the above.  It’s at 36.773738, -83.243456.










This would have been the vehicular access (Rt. 991) to Three Point.

Hagan Tunnel, North Portal

We had been meaning to get this portal for quite a while.  This is in Kentucky, near Sampson.  The portal has a 1930 date, clearly seen.  On my other post for Hagan Tunnel, I note that the line came through here in the late 20s.  This, then, may be an original portal facing, done when the road was completed (another tunnel on this line near here also has a 1930 date).  The tunnel comes out in Hagan VA, where there are two wyes (see the comment below…it’s a switchback).  The railroad was in the process of working on this tunnel.  Off to the right you can see the 750 kw generator.  This also an air compressor on site, to which the orange-ish lines coming off the horn things are attached to.  (edit here: the “horns” are there to allow the compressor to push fresh air into the tunnel when workers are present)


Miller Yard Bridges

Miller Yard (or Miller’s Yard), northeast of Dungannon, used to be a happening place.  A little bit east of the main yard was once the junction where the Interstate line out of Coeburn (going down through Guest River Gorge) hooked into the Clinchfield line.  The old Interstate bridge over the Guest River is a McClintic-Marshall deck girder made in Pittsburgh in 1922.  This bridge is now the lower terminus of the Guest River Gorge Trail.

The other bridge, which is nearly impossible to easily get a good picture of, is active and much older.  It’s a Pennsylvania Steel Company deck girder made in 1907 in Steelton PA.  I can explain why there’s not a better picture.  To get a view of the date plate on this bridge, I had to scramble down the abutment of the other bridge, then carefully make my way down the Guest River, stone by stone, to where I was under this bridge.  I could have gone back up and then carefully made my way down the abutment you see in the picture (on the other side of the river) to a place I could have taken a better picture.  Forget about it.


1927 narrow underpass

This is on Roy Martin Road in Gray TN (36.410614, -82.458446).  This must have replaced an earlier timber supported Clinchfield pass over the road (the line came through here around 1908), but, in 1927, there still wasn’t enough traffic on this still relatively quiet road to justify two lanes.  Gray, btw, was once called Gray Station, since there was a train station located about where the Citi telemarketing building is now.  This is looking north.  Further on, this road descends through a virtual tunnel of trees.  It’s really pretty.  The road comes out at Bobby Hicks Highway, by the new Credit Union building.