For the second time in 10 months, Falling debris outside the Hoosac Tunnel interrupted freight rail service this weekend.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Pan Am Railways posted on a social media account that a routine track inspection around 8:45 a.m. Saturday discovered a landslide outside the west portal in North Adams.  There appears to be no damage to the tunnel.

The Billerica-based transportation company had sent an engineering team and repair crew to clear the eight inches of mud and stone over the railhead.

The company stated.

"An updated report indicates that there was also flowing water from the brook that was rerouted as part of the tunnel repairs earlier this year,"


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The Hoosac Tunnel Facebook page states that Part of a retaining wall was also reported as involved. And that on December 26th some of the trains were impacted by the landslide, they either did not run or were delayed on December 26th, those trains were:

PAS 16R -
PAS RJED - Tied down at Hoosick Jct.
PAS EDRJ - Originally planned 1300 at East Deerfield; was pushed back to 1700 hrs
PAS 23K - Was pushed back to 1800 hrs.
PAS 22K Did not run

The company didn't say what caused the landslide, but the area was soaked overnight Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with 1-2 inches of rain that fell atop the two feet of melting snow from the Dec.16-17 snowstorm.

The apparent temporary one-day delay in rail service was a far cry from the nearly two months the tunnel was closed for repairs following a partial wall collapse in mid-February. After seven weeks of work and traffic delays rail traffic resumed April 4.


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The tunnel has been an east-west shortcut for trains through the Hoosac Range on the New York-Massachusetts border since it opened in 1875.


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The Norfolk Southern Railways partners with Pan Am on the use of the tunnel.

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