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Date: 02/12/20 11:09
Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: JPB

Don’t know details other than Pan Am Southern is arranging detours via VRS through Rutland - Bellows Falls.

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Date: 02/12/20 12:55
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: FloridaTrainGuy




Date: 02/12/20 13:54
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: stevelv

Nothing has made the local news up there and maybe it never will.  Just this NS service alert http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/shipping-tools/shipping-news-and-alerts/service-disruption-at-hoosac-tunnel-on-pan-am-southern-.html

Edit:  Finally a story out there.  https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/berkshire-county/hoosac-tunnel-out-of-service-for-structural-evaluation/



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/12/20 15:03 by stevelv.



Date: 02/12/20 16:03
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: ST214

I am surprised NS is not rerouting over CSX. Let's face it, the tunnel is almost 150 years old and is not going to last forever. I hope this is minor, but only time will tell.



Date: 02/12/20 17:50
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: prr4828

How as the tunnel modified to clear stack cars 20-25 years ago?

* JB *



Date: 02/12/20 19:35
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: mttrainman1

Very carefully. That tunnel in the pic from that link look pretty hairy. The dimensions of that tunnel look too tight for a tunnel that was once double track but looks like the clearance were improved simply by undercutting the already single tracked tunnel. I simply cant imagine two trains meeting in that tunnel in steam days. Even with the electric locos that pulled the trains thru, it must have a dark and spooky ride. A friend of mine walked thru it alone years back and somehow climbed up into the air shaft in a brick structure in the middle of the tunnel. He said the little brick structure had a sign naming it the hoosac hotel (if memory serves.) Not for the faint of heart!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/12/20 19:46 by mttrainman1.



Date: 02/12/20 22:06
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: pennsy3750

ST214 Wrote:
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> I am surprised NS is not rerouting over CSX

Current rumor is that 22K/23K will detour over CSX via Worcester.



Date: 02/13/20 01:21
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: JPB

Latest updates:
- Mining firm to inspect tunnel on Thursday to get a handle on scope and duration of repair
- Train detours to last through Monday at a minimum: the first westbound 11R detour, led by B40s MEC 5973-5943-5974, was routed out of E Deerfield Yard up the Conn River line to Bellows Falls last night around 6pm and departed BF on the Vermont Rail System around 9pm. Once at Rutland consist will be taken down to Hoosac Jct to get back on Pan Am Southern to proceed west to Mechanicville/Binghamton.



Date: 02/13/20 03:33
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: ST214

pennsy3750 Wrote:
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> ST214 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I am surprised NS is not rerouting over CSX
>
> Current rumor is that 22K/23K will detour over CSX
> via Worcester.

I expected that, but as of yesterday afternoon, no plans in place.

this will be interesting to watch. The tunnel has had clearances changed twice, once by grinding the roof and the other time by undercutting the tracks. The state wants to under cut it again to make room for double stacked domestic containers, but now I can see questions raised about the future of the tunnel. While the tunnel opened in 1875, construction started in 1851! Like I said before, the tunnel is old and is not going to last forever.



Date: 02/13/20 09:11
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: Lackawanna484

The construction of the tunnel took forever, decades. Killed several hundred miners over the years.

 



Date: 02/13/20 09:56
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: PlyWoody

It a little confusing but the Junction where the Vermont RR track extends from North Bennington to join the Pan Am Southern in Hoosick Jct , N,Y just north of Hoosick Fall, NY (known forever for PFOA) is where the former B&M follows the Hoosic River.  It is in the town of Hoosick Falls.  The Tunnel is spelled Hoosac without a i or a k involved.

PFOA is  cancer causing chemical that does not break down, same as  PCB, and got  in the ground water supply of the town, causing cancer in residents in Hoosick Falls, NY.

JPB Wrote:
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> Latest updates:
> - Mining firm to inspect tunnel on Thursday to get
> a handle on scope and duration of repair
> - Train detours to last through Monday at a
> minimum: the first westbound 11R detour, led by
> B40s MEC 5973-5943-5974, was routed out of E
> Deerfield Yard up the Conn River line to Bellows
> Falls last night around 6pm and departed BF on the
> Vermont Rail System around 9pm. Once at Rutland
> consist will be taken down to Hoosac Jct to get
> back on Pan Am Southern to proceed west to
> Mechanicville/Binghamton.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/14/20 05:01 by PlyWoody.



Date: 02/15/20 18:45
Re: Minor collapse in Hoosac Tunnel
Author: FloridaTrainGuy

Unfortunately this is happening at the same time CN is sending traffic via PAR due to it's shutdown.  What bad timing!



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