Chetoogeta Mountain Tunnel
Georgia's oldest underground trainway, the 1,147-foot Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel at Tunnel Hill in Whitfield County, was completed in 1849-50. Visitors can now walk inside thanks to its recent restoration and conversion to a tourist attraction.
A few yards to the north is a newer, larger replacement tunnel built in 1928 by the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, which leased the W&A from the state of Georgia in 1890. This tunnel, built at a cost of $290,000, was designed to handle the largest rail cars and locomotives then in use by American railroads. It is still in use by NCSL successor CSX Railroad.
The 1850 tunnel is on the right. At left is the 1928 tunnel, still in railroad use. (Photo by Leamon Scott).
Article on the tunnel at roadsidegeorgia.com.
Information on the tunnel's restoration at Georgia Department of Transportation website.
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