Adena Tunnel (Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway)

The 800 feet Adena Tunnel is located northwest of Adena, Ohio and was completed by the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) in 1889.1

On October 23, 1930, two men were killed and a third seriously injured when the tunnel partially collapsed on a passing freight train caboose.2 Approximately 300 feet of the tunnel had fallen in.3 The victims were recovered after six hours of excavation surrounded by a crowd of 3,000 that had gathered around to watch progress of the rescue.2

On July 1, 1999, theW&LE filed a notice to abandon 18 miles of its Valley Line, from milepost 188½ near Unionvale to milepost 205½ near Warrenton.4 The proposal included the stations of East Cadiz (milepost 185), Kenwood (milepost 189), Adena (milepost 192), Dillonvale (milepost 199.9) and Warrenton (milepost 204) – along with the tunnel. The request was subsequently approved and the line was placed out of service.

  1. Sanders, Craig. Introduction. Canton Area Railroads. Charleston: Arcadia, 2009. 7-10. Print.
  2. “RAILROAD TUNNEL COLLAPSES ON TRAIN IN OHIO.” Reno Evening Gazette 23 Oct. 1930: n. pag. Print.
  3. “W. & L. RR seeks cause of cave-in.” Plain Dealer [Cleveland] 23 Oct. 1930: n. pag. Print.
  4. “Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Company—Abandonment Exemption— in Harrison and Jefferson Counties, OH.” Federal Register 64.139 (1999): 39186-87. Print.


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