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    Great Northern tunnel portal photos?

    I'm having trouble finding anything that isn't either Flathead, Old Cascade, New Cascade, or the one under Seattle. I know the GN went through many very old tunnels--I just can't find photos of their portals. Once I walked along the Cascade route just west of Leavenworth and found a beautiful tunnel portal, but for the life of me I can't remember what it looked like--and I live too far away now to drive there.

    I'm just looking for plain, vanilla tunnels--not fancy ones.

    I've searched Google till my eyes are googling. Can anyone help with photos?

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    Their old Haskell Pass Tunnel is in my region. Unfortunately the east opening was deliberately collapsed long ago for safety reasons. And the west end has suffered several rock falls so that the portal itself is gone. It was merely a rock faced opening, with timber lining. Much of that timber lining is still intact.

    You might try looking in albums uploaded to RailImages by HemiAdda2d. I know he's shot some showsheds and tunnels across Marias Pass.

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    Try here (not to toot my own horn):

    http://www.trainboard.com/railimages...y.php/cat/1005

    Or this Tunnel 5, south of Great Falls on the Havre-Great Falls-Helena-Butte line:


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    Alot of Warren Wing's books have pic's in Western Washington with tunnels, snowsheds, and such. Most of GN's portals when the Stevens Pass line was redone in 1929 were almost identical, except for the side abutments, or "wings", depending on the hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiAdda2d View Post
    Try here (not to toot my own horn):
    ... and here I was about to post "Oh HEMI!!!!!!!"

    I knew our Tunnel Junkie would come through!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Moose View Post
    Alot of Warren Wing's books have pic's in Western Washington with tunnels, snowsheds, and such. Most of GN's portals when the Stevens Pass line was redone in 1929 were almost identical, except for the side abutments, or "wings", depending on the hill.
    Perfect, Kurt, thanks. That makes it so much easier. I was befuddled: the line from the Cascade Tunnel to Leavenworth has 2 or 3 tunnels (4-6 portals!) and no one had apparently troubled to take a look at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiAdda2d View Post
    Try here (not to toot my own horn):
    Oh, by all means, toot away!! Great photos.

    That was just what I needed. But now I'm a little confused. Both Wayne tunnel and Tunnel No. 5 have abutments that seem to angle inward at the bottom toward the tunnel entrance. In other words, they are tilted outward? Can this possibly be? Or do I need new glasses?
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    There are a few pictures of tunnel portals in Washington State in this thread over at Railroadforums.

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    Related but not exactly GN are the tunnels along the Columbia River. I know it was technically an SP&S line but they may have been working out of the same playbook since they were all Hill lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDP45 View Post
    There are a few pictures of tunnel portals in Washington State in this thread over at Railroadforums.
    Those are a great help, Dan. There's a lot of information in those photos!

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