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Entrance to San Fernando (Train) Tunnel
Newhall Pass

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Colorized souvenir penny postcard, n.d. (1900-1920), by BN Co. reads, "5322. Entrance to San Fernando Tunnel, California. San Joaquin Valley Line, So. Pac. R.R."

Note the sign reading, "All Trains — 7 Minutes — Tunnel."

Back reads: "San Fernando Tunnel. This view, both novel and picturesque, shows in a slight degree the obstacles overcome in constructing the Southern Pacific through the mountains traversed by the Southern Pacific."

A thousand Chinese rail workers spent the better part of a year — and an unknown number gave up their lives — digging the San Fernando Railroad Tunnel. At 6,940 feet, it was the third longest tunnel in the United States when it was completed July 14, 1876. (The tracks went in and the first engine poked its head through in August.) The tunnel, along the Southern Pacific Railroad's San Joaquin Line, linked the San Fernando Valley (at the Newhall Pass) with the Santa Clarita Valley (in Railroad Canyon), facilitating the conjoinder in September 1876 of northern California with Southern California at Lang in present-day Canyon Country.



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SW1902: 9600 dpi jpeg from original postcard courtesy of Stan Walker.
SAN FERNANDO (TRAIN) TUNNEL

Southern Pacific Tunnels Through. Story by Alan Pollack


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Storm Damage 1884

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C. Watkins Stereoview ~1877

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Photo ~1898

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1910

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Postcard ~1910

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Approach 1952

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