This gem of a McClintic-Marshall Company (Pittsburgh PA) 1922 deck girder is on the old Interstate line between Norton and Coeburn. It’s original, since this line was constructed in 1923 or so. It crosses an active N&S line and the Guest River. Surprisingly, the rail on the bridge is dated 2011 and it seems to have had moderate use. It centers at 36.94253, -82.58283 and it’s maybe 260′ long.
I’ll be damned if I didn’t miss a tunnel in all that scouting along the CSX line between Erwin and Altepass. My buddy called me a couple of days ago and said he’s spotted a tunnel on the topo that we hadn’t been to…it was on the Toe River, just west of Loafers Glory NC. I went up on Google Earth and located it at 36.00598, -82.23743. It’s in Goforth’s book at 163.11 miles south of Elkhorn City. I’ve looked at that list a dozen times and completely missed this tunnel. The tunnel is 304′ long on a curve and completely unfinished, except for some supporting concrete on the left of the south portal. Strong stone there, for sure. Here’s the south portal and the mile marker just before the south portal.