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... that one of the more interesting stretches of railroads in the country ends at the edge of Roane County?

A stretch of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway that runs between Somerset, Ky., and Oakdale once had 27 tunnels, earning it the nickname, The Rathole.

The stretch is maintained by Norfolk-Southern Railroad, and all but four tunnels have been eliminated.

Even so, the striking landscape includes plenty of deep, canyon-like cuts through the hills and enough high bridges to make the heart of any railroad enthusiast pound.


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