Tunnel for Trains

This week the Sepia Saturday prompt looks like some caves in the side of a mountain. I couldn't find any caves in my postcard collection but I found these cards showing a short train tunnel. Both postcard views show the same tunnel under the very busy High Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts. One photo is shot from the south looking north and the other is shot from the north looking south.

Postcards: CrazyasaCoolFox

The second photo shows a track splitting off to the right. That track would have gone to the round house in Newburyport. Looking through the tunnel in the second photo one would have seen the depot that serviced Newburyport.


At some point, as you can see by the current photo, the tunnel was widened to provide for double track configuration. And as you can see, this portion of the once active Boston & Maine right-of-way is now a very active rail trail.



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Comments

Brett Payne said…
I'm not sure why, but your first two photos aren't displaying.
DougVernX said…
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Brett Payne said…
All good now thanks. Interesting postcards and follow-up shot. Rail trails seem to be the flavour at the moment, and a very good use for them, I think.
Kristin said…
I usually have a hard time getting this blog to work for me, can't find the comments etc. Anyway, I did not think about train tunnels because I am sure I could find some in my collection.
Alan Burnett said…
When they widened it they seemed to destroy what was quite a beautiful tunnel.
Wendy said…
The rails to trails program is a good thing. I wonder why they thought people needed more room than a train.
Postcardy said…
The rail trail is very attractive.
Thank goodness for disused railways ! (Especially for cyclists like me who prefer little incline but in hilly locations)
Sharon said…
One of the rare times that I like the more recent photo better than those from the past.
Bob Scotney said…
And I thought you would be more a rail bridge than a rail tunnel man,
DougVernX said…
Haha, thanks Bob :) I may feature a rail trail bridge very soon.

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