Raitt Tunnel

Raitt Tunnel was part of an expansion by the Norfolk & Western into the coal fields of Buchanan County VA.  It’s 3,700+ feet long and was completed in 1931.  This west portal is at 37.35168, -82.07228 between Big Rock and Hurley.  It’s just off the Highway 650 and, if you find the little trail down to it, it’s easy to get to.
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This is the east portal  (37.35408, -82.05974).  As I was walking up to it from the car, about 900 feet or so away, a sudden summer shower dropped a bucket or two of water on me.  I kept the camera dry with my cap, but I got wet.  The temperature that day in the sun was around 90 degrees and humid; the temperature at the portal was maybe 15 degrees cooler.  The second picture is taken from the portal of the mist rising from the hot tracks after the cool rain.
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2 thoughts on “Raitt Tunnel

  1. Anonymous September 24, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Made many a trip in that tunnel when I worked the pusher out of weller yard in the 70’s – 90’s.

    • Bob Lawrence September 25, 2016 / 4:39 am

      Thank you for your comment and thank you for the work you did!

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