November 25, 2012

Gallitzen Pennsylvania Railroad Tunnels

We had family that grew up not far from these tunnels in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. Consequently, we were regaled with stories of the these tunnels importance, especially during World War II when the rail line was crucial to linking industries in the mid-west to ports in the east. They went so far as to say that the Germans had plans to knock the tunnels out by landing agents from a submarine. Luckily, they were caught before they could do the deed. The tunnel on the left is no closed, and the tunnel on the right was widened to allow two tracks. We used to love running down to the bridge when we heard a train coming so we could see them go in/out of the tunnels. 
gallitzin tunnels in central pennsylvania in the snow