Railroad Tunnel by Karsten Winegeart (Idaho)

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Railroad Tunnel-Photo by Karsten Winegeart

This Pacific & Idaho Northern Railroad Tunnel is a cute short tunnel along the rail line. This tunnel is fantastic, cutting perfectly like a door through the geological formation. Once part of a small forestry rail line, in the 2000s, it operated as the Thunder Mountain Line, and tourists would travel along its length in the Payette River Flyer. Sadly the Thunder Mountain Line ceased operations in 2016. Today the rail line sits disused and this location, nicknamed the “World’s Shortest Tunnel,” is one of the photogenic reminders that remain. As with any rail line location, photographers must take precautions even if it is likely no longer used. Remember, if the railroad tracks are shiny or just a little rusty, the rail line may still be in use. Take care and never photograph alone. Getting to this location is a bit of a challenge. There is a pull-off South, but you would have to cross the river somehow. The Rainbow Bridge crosses the river about 2-kilometres (1.5 miles) north of the tunnel, and you can backtrack to it. (Valley County, Idaho, USA)

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