You will find lots of miscellaneous maps on this page. Some might even turn out to be useful. Some Google Earth 3D models will be used as well, mainly because they give those who have never been to the tunnel a real perspective as to why a train couldn't make it over the top!

Distance Map

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      This is the last of many versions of this map. The purpose of this map is to tell people inside the tunnel what is directly above them. This map is 99% accurate. If you ever wander into the tunnel you will notice on the north wall there are numbers every 100 feet. from 1 in the west to 251 in the east. 100 X 251 = 25100 feet, which is the actual length of the tunnel today including the portal facades. This map's first predecessor is actually what inspired this website to begin with. The original map was off by over 1000 feet. This one is however dead on. Just match the number on the wall you reached with the number on the map and you can see what was directly above you.

     The method for making this map was fairly complicated. First I had to splice together several 1/2 meter per pixel color satellite images. Then I drew a line from portal to portal. I calculated the length of the line and the vertical (picture wise) height. Using the mighty Pythagoras theorem I determined the length of the line I drew. I divided that by 251 and figured out how many pixels equaled 100 feet. then I painstakingly made a mark every 100 feet and labeled them. Even with the grading inside the tunnel this is almost perfectly accurate.

East Village

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This picture depicts to the best of my ability (accuracy not guaranteed, but hey, its pretty close) the East Portal village. There is some ambiguity to the grey areas labeled worker housing. Workers also lived further down the road where there are still houses (not on this map). The point of this map is to give the reader a general idea of what is where on the east side.

Alignment towers

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This picture looking east shows in the foreground the site of the Rowe alignment tower. The  crosshair with the red dot in the background shows the location of the East Portal.

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This picture looking north-east-east shows in the foreground the site of the Whitcomb alignment tower. Next in line with the red dot is the East Portal, then with the green dot is the Rowe Tower site.

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This picture looking west shows in the foreground the site of the Spruce Hill tower. after that the West portal, then finally the Notch road site.

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This picture looking east shows in the foreground the site of the Notch road tower. After that the West Portal (blue dot), then finally the Spruce Hill alignment site (purple dot).

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This picture looking west shows in order from closest to furthest: Rowe neck site, East Portal, Whitcomb Hill site, Central Shaft, Spruce Hill site, West Portal and Notch road site. The crosshairs don't appear in a perfectly straight line because I have terrain mapping on which slightly throws things off, especially with a 2000 foot deviation (between West Portal and Spruce Hill for instance).

Mountain Cross Section

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This image shows a cross section of the Hoosac Tunnel around 1870. Notice the offsets on the west end, most likely indicating digging patterns for water flow (deeper is higher so water wont pool).

Map of Rowe

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This is an 1871 Map of Rowe MA. Of particular interest is the SW corner where the rail line suddenly ends. Notice the station and hotel. Also notice the road leading up the mountain (present day tunnel road). The right of way of tunnel road presently is nothing like it is depicted in this map.

1894 Map of East Camp & Vicinity

This USGS map (courtesy of shows the East Portal camp as it appeared in 1894. Also notice the buildings further downstream which include the Hoosac Tunnel station. The new Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington RR can be seen following The Deerfield River northward. I do not believe that all of the houses depicted here were part of the tunnel project, especially the ones further from the portal. All roads depicted here remain except for the road following the river south on the Rowe side (former tunnel road)

1898 Map of Central Shaft

This USGS map (courtesy of depicts the Central Shaft village as it appeared in 1898. All roads shown still exist except for the short dead end which goes off to the SE. Central Shaft road was straightened out where the dead end branches off.

1898 Map of West Camp & Vicinity

This USGS map (courtesy of shows the West Portal and Shaft camp. Notice the road and buildings on the right hand side. None remain! Also notice the interesting topography near the buildings which consists of spoilage taken from the West Shaft. The small road leading from the West Portal along the stream to the road on the right (present day West Shaft road) is now for the most part a 4 wheeler trail.



Copyright 2000 - 2005 Marc Howes
Trespassing is illegal and dangerous especially when inside the tunnel with a train! If you go inside and see a light run and hide! that is unless of course its the portal, then you don't have to run nor hide. Trains burn diesel fuel and produce among other things carbon monoxide and deafening amounts of noise! Trains also have people in them and people have eyes used for seeing things.. Like trespassers! Just be careful use your head and stay safe.