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Chapline Hill Tunnel

Chapline Hill Tunnel (Wheeling Terminal Railway)

Chapline Hill Tunnel is a tunnel along the former Wheeling Terminal Railway under Chapline Hill in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The Wheeling Terminal Railway (WT) is a former 9½ mile railroad between Martins Ferry, Ohio, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) at 27th Street in Wheeling. The initial WT line was completed in 1891 and a 2.20-mile extension from the B&O to the Riverside Iron Works, including a 2,478 feet tunnel under Chapline Hill, was constructed by May 1895. 2 The line was then extended .38 miles south to 9th Street Benwood by November 1896.

In January 1921, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) took over operations of the WT. 3

In 1938, the last passenger train traveled over the WT, and it was last used by a freight train in 1982. 1


  • State: West Virginia
  • Route: Wheeling Terminal Railway, Pennsylvania Railroad
  • Type: Tunnel
  • Status: Abandoned / Closed
  • Total Length: 2,478 feet
  • Spans:


  1. “Wheeling Terminal Railway Bridge.” Ohio County Public Library. Web. 04 Mar. 2016.
  2. Netzlof, Robert T. “Corporate Genealogy Wheeling Terminal.” Railroad Data primarily related to the Pennsylvania Railroad. 20 Jan. 2008. Web. 04 Mar. 2016.
  3. “The Wheeling Terminal Railway Company.” The Pennsylvania Railroad Company: The Corporate, Financial and Construction History of Lines Owned, Operated and Controlled To December 31, 1945, Volume III Lines West of Pittsburgh 3 (1946): 648-63. Print.

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