The 7 Hills of Richmond

The Train in the Tunnel

Winston Churchill's Visit

The Flooding of the
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The Train in the Tunnel

In the early 1870's, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway built a 4,000 foot tunnel underneath Church Hill. Richmond's City Council put up over $200,000 towards the cost of construction. However, the Church Hill tunnel was plagued with problems from the beginning. Houses on 24th Street were damaged first by fires caused when a fissure opened and gas mains broke, then again in 1872 when the tunnel collapsed leaving a huge hole between 24th and 25th Streets. Several houses simply collapsed, and the Third Presbyterian Church was permanently damaged as well.

In 1925, the C&O Railroad tried to reopen the tunnel, but 400 feet of it collapsed on the work train inside. Two workmen were killed and two others never found. The train itself remains sealed in the tunnel to this day.

Our first article from the Richmond Times Dispatch is a retrospective of the accident written in 1947.

Train in Tunnel

Now we go back to 1925 when the original Times Dispatch articles were written.

October 8, 1925

Rescuers Near Tragedy Scene

October 9 and 10, 1925

Lateral Tunnel Work is Started: May Reach Bodies In Tunnel Tonight


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