Norfolk Railroads in 1909--Tunnel
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
October 10, 1909
WILL ENTER NORFOLK BY TUNNEL
Great Project to Dig a Railroad Way Under Elizabeth River
PLAN WILL FURNISH ALL-RAIL OUTLET
Several Southern Lines Would Dash Through City To Deepwater Piers at Cape Henry
MILLION DOLLAR DEPOT IN HEART OF BUSINESS DISTRICT
A petition will be presented at the November meeting of the Norfolk city council for permits to bring into Norfolk a proposed tunnel under Elizabeth River from Pinners Point, the present terminus of several railway systems entering this port on the opposite side of the river.
The plan is to have the Seaboard Air Line, Southern Railway, Atlantic Coast Line, and Belt Line Railway enter Norfolk direct by means of this tunnel and connect with the Norfolk and Southern Railway to Cape Henry, where a breakwater will be built and piers constructed for foreign trade, thus eliminating time lost by steamers in coming from the Virginia Capes into Norfolk and going on to Baltimore.
The New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railway would connect at Cape Henry by a short line ferry from Cape Charles.
The plan carries with it also the erection of a $1,000,000 union depot in the heart of Norfolk's business district.
[Not about N&W or VGN, who both had bridges across the Elizabeth River, but an interesting proposal nonetheless.]
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