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Mt. Wood Tunnels

Mt. Wood Tunnels (Wheeling Terminal Railway)

The Mt. Wood Tunnels is comprised of two tunnels along the former Wheeling Terminal Railway under Mt. Wood in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The Wheeling Terminal Railway (WT) is a former 9½ mile railroad between Martins Ferry, Ohio, and Wheeling. The tunnels, at 587 feet and 1,226 feet, were constructed between 1888 and 1891 and connected the Ohio River and the Wheeling Creek bridges. 1 3 5 The Mt. Hood tunnels were partially rebuilt in 1904. 4

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: 587 feet, 1,226 feet
  • Spans:


  1. Titchenal, Stephen. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad History. N.p.: n.p., 2014. Print.
  2. “Wheeling Terminal Railway Bridge.” Ohio County Public Library. Web. 04 Mar. 2016.
  3. “THE WHEELING, W.VA. BRIDGE AND TERMINAL SYSTEM.” Once A Week 6.16 (1891): 13. Print.
  4. Plaque.
  5. “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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