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You’ll Never Guess What Lies Abandoned Beneath This Virginia City

It’s not often that you hear the tale of a buried train. Few people know that under Richmond’s own Church Hill neighborhood lies an abandoned locomotive with an eerie past. In its day, the steam engine was known as Locomotive 231 and it pulled along ten flatcars. The fate of this tunnel was sealed – quite literally – when the structure collapsed nearly 100 years ago and it had to be permanently closed off. There are many intriguing details about the Church Hill Tunnel, one of which is the stark difference between the eastern and western end of the portal. One has been preserved as a historic landmark; the other is slowly being reclaimed by nature. These portals are only ten blocks in distance, but they could be worlds apart.

Have you visited Richmond’s Church Hill Tunnel? Be sure to share your experience!

Beth
Beth is a musician and freelance writer from Richmond, Virginia.