Big Savage Tunnel
|Location||Somerset County, Pennsylvania|
|Status||restored, converted to rail trail|
|System||Western Maryland Railway (defunct)|
|Closed||1975 (rail line abandoned)|
|Length||3,294.6 feet (1,004.2 m)|
|No. of tracks||Single|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Highest elevation||2,351 feet (717 m)|
The Big Savage Tunnel is an abandoned railway tunnel located about 9 miles (14 km) southeast of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. The Big Savage, Borden Tunnel, and Brush Tunnels are part of the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail. It was originally built for the Connellsville subdivision of the Western Maryland Railway.
Origin of the name
Renovated for Great Allegeny Passage bicycle trail
The tunnel was renovated for use on the Great Allegheny Passage trail. It is the longest tunnel on the trail.
The tunnel is closed between roughly December 15 and April 10 each winter to protect it from icing damage.
- Allegheny Trail Alliance, Latrobe, PA."Tunneling Big Savage Mountain". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Gibb, Tom (2003-02-09). "Somerset's Big Savage Tunnel gets new life as bike trail". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
- "Western Maryland Railway Co. Track Chart: Connellsville to Cumberland, Baltimore, MD". 1955.
- "John Savage". Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- "Bicycling Big Savage Tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage". Retrieved 2011-04-28.