What year was this picture taken? I cannot decipher the writing on the bottom left-hand of the picture. Also, is this the tunnel that collapsed? I keep hearing discrepancies as to if there actual people on the train. Hmmm….
My understanding is that they were working on widening the tunnel, so there were a couple conductors and a couple workers in there at the time of the collapse.
Yeah, I can’t read that either.
After completion of the riverfront viaduct in 1901, the Church Hill Tunnel fell into disuse for over 20 years. Then in 1925, to add capacity, the railroad began efforts to restore it to usable condition. On October 2, while repairs were under way, a work train was trapped by a collapse near the western end. Two workmen crawled under flat cars and escaped out the eastern end of the tunnel, and two bodies including the engineer’s were recovered, but two other workers were unaccounted for.
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