07/29/08 151 W, 1 I - + 22 - 10 Blue Ridge Tunnel

This is an abandoned railroad tunnel in Virginia, about 30 minutes west of Charlottesville. Called the Crozet Tunnel, or Rockfish Gap tunnel. The eastern bore exits at Afton. To access, drive to the end of Afton Depot Lane. Walk about a mile west along the tracks. The old tunnel is located up and to the right of the present tunnel. Watch for trains. To explore the tunnel, bring waders. Boots, say... fire boots, are insufficient. The depth of the water and mud will be higher than your boots will be long. Still pretty cool, even if explored only a few feet inside. The water and mud is just very deep. For more information about historic railroad structures, consult the book Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering by William D. Middleton. Great for travel planning. Commence choo-choo sounds.

It would be pretty funny to take a rookie in there and then start running out screaming “BATS, BATS, BATS!!”
Beach (Email) - 07/30/08 - 09:41

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