Directly under the Perry County Airport is
the Northern most New Lexington
tunnel at Mile Post #49.5 . There is a nearly mile long .89% grade North , and
a 2.5 mile .74% to the South of this 644' long tunnel.
This photo of the tunnel's south end was taken in Dec. 1975 during re-ditching work.
North of Corning on route#13
is the community of Moxahala. This next tunnel is
about 1/4 mile South of the grade crossing ( can't be seen from the road ). This
tunnel's entrance has the date of 1918 above it ; although the bore itself has likely
existed since the late 1800's. There are two unique things about this long tunnel. One
is that the grade crests inside this tunnel. The other thing is that this tunnel isn't
straight, but rather has an S shape. Moxahala tunnel is 1275' long. It is located at
MP#55 . The tunnel marks the peak of the ruling northbound grade ; the reason
Helpers are used. South of the tunnel are 2 miles of 1.1% grade. The grade to the
North is 1.2% for a mile but most southbounds are empty coal trains.
Here is a Oct. 4, 1975 photo of this tunnels North end. Soil erosion creates the illusion
that this was once a twin tunnel. Notice the light from the South end also visible.
Dan Innis took this 1998 photo of a Northbound Conrail having
just exited the tunnel.
Moving along the line southward one has to
travel a good distance before you come to
another tunnel. Down in Meigs County the next 3 tunnels are one mile apart each.
The first of these three is near the community
of Dyesville. Nicolas tunnel is just
North of the crossing with Meigs County Rd. 27 in Columbia Twp. It's at
MP #99.5 and is 300' long. Approaching grades are insignificant ( .38% and .07% ).
This photo was taken on Feb. 19,1990 looking North.
Wilson tunnel is located South
of Dyesville off of Columbia Twp. Rd. #26 .
This tunnel is not on the railroad track chart. It's about 300' long and located
at Milepost 100.8 .
Here is that tunnel seen looking South - Feb. 19, 1990
The third of the three consecutive tunnels
is Dunbar tunnel , located South of
Dyesville but North of Dexter, just South of Salem Twp. Rd. #27 crossing.
This one is 106' long and is at Milepost 102. The only grade worth mentioning
is a quarter mile long .44% , about a mile south.
This is what the view from the road crossing looks like. Then here is the same
tunnel looking North , back in Feb. 19, 1990 .
The last tunnel is the better known Langsville
tunnel at MP #106.3 and is visible
from the road. Take State Route #124 West, out of Rutland about 2 miles. Turn
North onto Meigs County Rd. 10 . According to my map, both ends of this tunnel
are accessible from County Rd. #10. This tunnel is 714' long and has the date of
1908 above it.
Here is the tunnel's North end and it's South end - Feb. 19, 1990