Tumlin Gap Railroad Tunnel and Trestle, Altoona, Etowah County, 1899-1903 (Places in Peril 2001)
Constructed from 1899 to 1903 by the L&N Railroad, the tunnel and trestle are exceptional early twentieth-century examples of industrial engineering skill. At approximately 1,920 feet in length, the tunnel is the longest in Alabama and features concrete headwalls at each end. The trestle is 350 feet long and spans a height of approximately seventy to eighty feet. Following a grant to convert the old railbed and tunnel into a Rails-to-Trails pathway, local landowners contested the transfer of the property, and the court ruled in favor of the landowners. The owners of the tunnel have partially blocked it up to prevent access, which is also preventing rainwater from draining out.
John Wayne Goodin
10/28/2022 04:17:12 pm
I did the math, at 1,920 ft long that would put it at about 6.2 football fields long. Plenty long in case of a local tornado outbreak in the area. You really wouldn’t have to go deep in the tunnel to be save from a tornado as most injuries from a tornado are from flying debris.
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