Central Shaft, Hoosac Tunnel

Central Shaft, Hoosac Tunnel

Central Shaft, Hoosic Tunnel

Over 1000 feet deep, the Central Shaft sits above the Hoosac Rail Tunnel to vent coal (originally) and Diesel fumes. The huge fans are shown here venting diesel fumes, and the smell was very strong. The sound and smell created a  surreal, industrial environment in what is otherwise a rural mountaintop scene. The shaft was used to ferry miners in and out of the tunnel during construction, and was the site of an accident where 13 miners were killed when the hoist house exploded from a gas leak. I’ll be posting more on the Hoosac Tunnel later, it may be the start of a much larger project.