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Glady Tunnel

The Glady Tunnel is an abandoned 1,000-foot tunnel built for the Coal & Iron Railway under Shavers Mountain in Glady, West Virginia.

The West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railway (WVC&P) formed the Coal & Iron Railway (C&I) in 1899 to construct a railroad between Elkins and Durbin. 1 At Durbin, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Greenbrier Division connected to C&O mainline near Lewisburg. The C&I, which included a tunnel under Cheat Mountain and another under Shavers Mountain at Glady, opened in 1903. 2

The WVC&P was sold to the Gould family in 1902  1 which became the Western Maryland Railway (WM) Thomas Subdivision in 1905. The C&I was also sold, which became the WM Durbin Subdivision. The WM became a unit of the Chessie System in 1973.

CSX, Chessie’s successor, abandoned the C&I between Greenbrier Junction and Durbin, including the Glady Tunnel, in 1985 after it shuttered the C&O Greenbrier Division. 2 The line from Elk River Junction to Durbin and from Cheat Junction to Greenbrier Junction were also dismantled.

After CSX abandoned the C&I between Greenbrier Junction and Durbin in 1985, it was converted into the Greenbrier Rail Trail by the U.S. Forest Service in 1986. 2



  1. Sheets, L. Wayne. “West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railway.” West Virginia Encyclopedia. West Virginia Humanities Council, 12 Nov. 2010. Web. 11 June 2012. Article.
  2. “CSX’s Thomas Subdivision.” West Virginia Northern Railroads, 2002. Web. 11 June 2012. Article.

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