Howard Tunnel
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
N 39° 53.500 W 076° 44.964
18S E 350431 N 4417198
Howard Tunnel was built in 1836-37, and was made wider to accomodate two trains in 1865. Howard Tunnel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Waymark Code: WMDBR
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 05/23/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member rescue557
Views: 362

When the railroad was built it ran into a ninty foot high barrier of solid slate which was about 275 foot thick. A young civil engineer and mining specialist by the name of Howard suggested a tunnel right through the 275 foot thick wall, which is precisly what the railroad did. The tunnel was named for the young Mr. Howard.

In the railroads last years of operation it was owned by Northern Central Railroad Company. The railroad was used for freight and passenger trains.

Today, the tunnel is part of the Heritage Rail Train County Park which starts in York City, York County, Pennsylvania and continues for 21 miles to the Maryland State Line where it joins Maryland's Rail Trail for another 20 miles.
Construction: Brick or concrete block

Condition: Good

Current status: Recreation Path

Original Use: Passenger Train

The "Other End": N 39° 53.463 W 076° 45.016

Tunnel Length: 275.00

Suggested Parking Area: N 39° 54.739 W 076° 45.354


Website: [Web Link]

Rail Status: Not listed

Date Built: Not listed

Date Abandoned: Not listed

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