Friday, July 27, 2018

CSX/B&O/M&O Willow Valley Tunnel

(Bridge Hunter) Bridge Hunter calls it Winslow Valley, but Willow Valley is much closer.

Winslow: Satellite plus Paint
Tunnel dug in 1899 to straighten the route and eliminate seven stream crossings. Part of the line originally built as the Ohio & Mississippi Cincinnati to St. Louis route. If you look hard you might be able to determine the older right of way. [Bridge Hunter]
Dale Smith posted
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John Hamilton posted
An eastbound manifest CSX train, with borrowed power up front, emerging from a tunnel at Willow Valley, a bit east of Shoals, Indiana, in a photo taken in the early 1990s.
Patrick Cavanaugh how much traffic is on this line currently ?John Hamilton Local only, if any. It was once a major B&O, then CSX mainline from Cincinnati to East St. Louis. No through traffic now and the route is actually cut beyond Flora, IL.

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