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Big Savage Tunnel

The Big Savage Tunnel is a formerly abandoned railway tunnel located about 9 miles (14 km) southeast of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. The Pinkerton Tunnel, Big Savage Tunnel, Borden Tunnel, and Brush Tunnel are part of the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail.[2] It was originally built for the Connellsville subdivision of the Western Maryland Railway.[3]

Big Savage Tunnel
Big Savage tunnel.jpg
Location Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°44′27″N 78°53′37″W / 39.74083°N 78.89361°W / 39.74083; -78.89361Coordinates: 39°44′27″N 78°53′37″W / 39.74083°N 78.89361°W / 39.74083; -78.89361
Status restored, converted to rail trail
System Western Maryland Railway (defunct)
Work begun 1911
Opened 1912 [1]
Closed 1975 (rail line abandoned)
Length 3,294.6 feet (1,004.2 m)
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Highest elevation 2,351 feet (717 m)
Grade 0.55%


Origin of the nameEdit

The mountain and tunnel are named for John Savage, an early surveyor who narrowly avoided becoming a victim of cannibalism in the area in 1736.[4]

Renovated for Great Allegeny Passage bicycle trailEdit

The tunnel was renovated for use on the Great Allegheny Passage trail. It is the longest tunnel on the trail.[5]

The tunnel is closed between roughly December 15 and April 10 each winter to protect it from icing damage.


  1. ^ Allegheny Trail Alliance, Latrobe, PA."Tunneling Big Savage Mountain" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  2. ^ Gibb, Tom (2003-02-09). "Somerset's Big Savage Tunnel gets new life as bike trail". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Western Maryland Railway Co. Track Chart: Connellsville to Cumberland, Baltimore, MD" (PDF). 1955. 
  4. ^ "John Savage" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Bicycling Big Savage Tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage". Retrieved 2011-04-28. 

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