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Pittsburgh & Steubenville Extension Railroad Tunnel

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Overview
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates

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Status in use
System Pittsburgh Light Rail
Operation
Work begun 1863
Opened 1865
Owner Port Authority of Allegheny County
Technical
Construction brick and cut stone
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No. of tracks 2 (1865–1965)
1 (1967–)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (1865–1980)
5 ft 2 12 in (1,588 mm) (1985–Current)
Electrified 1985
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The Pittsburgh & Steubenville Extension Railroad Tunnel, also known as the Panhandle Tunnel was originally built for the Pittsburgh and Steubenville Extension Railroad in Pittsburgh. It officially opened for rail traffic in 1865.

History

The tunnel has been modified many times since it was first constructed. In the years after the construction the southern end was lengthened by Script error: No such module "convert". to accommodate the overpass of Forbes Avenue. This new tunnel had a height of Script error: No such module "convert"., lower than the main tunnel. The southern end was again extended around 1900 to add a sidewalk to the road. This Script error: No such module "convert". extension lowered the height of the tunnel to the current Script error: No such module "convert"..[1]

Light Rail

The tunnel and the adjacent Panhandle Bridge were purchased by the Port Authority from Penn Central Corporation for $8.15 million in 1980.[2] The tunnel is now part of the Pittsburgh Light Rail System, as the Steel Plaza Station.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Historic American Engineering Record – Pittsburgh & Steubenville Extension Railroad Tunnel". Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ken Fisher (September 24, 1980). "Conrail turning tunnel, Panhandle Bridge over to PAT". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "PGHBridges.com – Panhandle Tunnel".