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Tunnel repair

The state capital budget for this new biennium includes $1.8 million for tunnel repair. I'm not sure which tunnels will get repaired.

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snoqualmie tunnel

As of October, 2012, the Snoq. tunnel is the only one of the cascade tunnels officially open.

I've now ridden and walked through the tunnel - and it quite an experience. It's 2.5 miles long with no internal lighting. When you enter heading west, the other end is a pinprick of very bright light - heading east it's green shaded from all the trees surrounding the short curve that leads into the tunnel.

It's wet - and the darkness is all consuming. there are electrical boxes every 10th of a mile or so, and some of the old cabling is still bolted to the tunnel wall. There is some grafitti.

It's a trip. Every rail fan should walk it once....just bring a really good flashlight.


Preserving "America's RR"
Went through once a long time ago coming back from my first trip to Montana. I didn't have a flashlight just a lantern, so I went without. I started by riding my bike, but I couldn't see anything but the other end of the tunnel and about 3 feet in front of me. I would hear water dripping and suddenly I was all wet. After two or three times of this, my nerves were shot and I started walking. It took a long time, but it was very cool to see all the old equipment. At that time most of it was still there. I road the grade down past the first few trestles then went back. I would recommend taking a bike and starting early. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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