Barretts Station Tunnel

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  1. railroadguy65

    railroadguy65 Member

    :) For those of you who would like a clean shot of the Tunnel - Here it is. I shot this I belive in the late eighties. The last time I was at the museum, the Tunnel was filled with frieght cars and or limited access.
     

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  2. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Neat shot.

    Just to be sure everybody knows, the Barretts tunnels (2) were on the Missouri Pacific, not the Frisco. The SLSF is about a mile south of this location.

    Ken
     
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  4. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    More St Louis area tunnel background .....

    There is a ridge running along the southwest corner of the greater St Louis area - the first evidence of the upcoming Ozark "mountains" as you continue to travel southwest. This ridge blocked both the MoPac, and later, the Frisco rail lines as they headed out of St Louis.

    The MoPac, as the Pacific Railroad originally, tunneled through the ridge with the two Barretts tunnels. The west Barretts tunnel is the one on the grounds of the National Museum of Transport. This makes our museum one of the few in the world to have a railroad tunnel in their collection!

    During WW2, the Barretts tunnels caused unacceptable clearance restrictions, so the MoP took them out of service, relocating their line to a new series of cuts through the ridge on the southeast side of the two Barretts tunnels. Both tunnels still exist.

    The Frisco had a similar problem with the ridge blocking them as they built their new line to connect St Louis with the start of the "Southwest Branch" in Pacific, MO, which ran down through Rolla to Springfield. Prior to this, the Frisco ran over the MoP line to Pacific, then took off on their own. The Frisco also solved the ridge problem by boring a tunnel at Meramec Highlands, just west of the Meramec Highlands/Osage Hills depot. This area is about a mile or so south of the MoP tunnels.

    As old tunnels usually do, clearance troubles resulted at Meramec Highlands. In the late 1920's the Frisco relocated their line slightly to the southeast, running the track through a new cut in the ridge. I have an article around here somewhere describing the relocation project. The Meramec Highlands tunnel also still exists.

    Ken

    ps: Further on down the MoPac (now UP), there is a much longer tunnel just before the RR reaches Pacific, MO. That tunnel is still in service. You can see the east portal from I-44 if you look quickly.
     
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