In April 9-12 2021, Mike and I took a trip to the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Finding the West Portal

finding the Hoosac tunnel west side Portal was very difficult to find the area where the entrance was located,  after some search and asking locals resideance and business, we found the road that lead up to the tunnel, BUT it way Private Property roadway which also had a gate which also was wide open but we dare not to tresspass on the Property which belonged to the railroad

Down The Deerfield River

Down the Deerfield river before going to the East portal we saw a Northfork Southern Railroad Locomotive set witha fright train in tow which is why we stopped at the bridge (here’s some video)

East Portal

The East Portal is located in the town of Florida Massachusetts at the big bend on the Deerfield river near the Vermont border. It is relatively easy to find seeing that its not really very far from the road. This side of the tunnel proved much easier to work on because unlike the West Portal this side had lots of solid stone that wasn’t prone to collapsing. It comes as no surprise then that this side progressed much faster.

The East Portal facade. Built in 1877, picture is as it appears April 2021. The light in the tunnel is neither a train, nor is it a ghost, rather it is a boring leaf that was falling to the ground and caught the sun just right. Looks like the ghost of Ringo Kelly remains elusive!               Picture By Steven Provost @2021 Copyright

The false start

The East Portal is also in very close proximity to what is often falsely referred to as the “false start” (it was really a test spot). The “false start” is about 150 feet east of the portal and 40 feet south. It is mostly covered up but you can still sneak into it these days. The “false start” is what remains of the work done by Wilson’s Patented Stone-Cutting Machine. Scroll down further for more interesting images.

    The “false start” has it picture is as it appears April 2021   Picture By Steven Provost @2021 Copyright

 

The “False Start” is the large hole built from the highly unsuccessful “Wilson’s Patented Stone-Cutting Machine” as you can see its still there and still accessible. This picture was taken inside the “false start” room. you can see the roof is supported by several portions of old railroad track. To the right you can see a large rusting tank. Any wall that isn’t stone in here is brick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Other Photos From Hoosic Tunnel visit

My Video’s From Visiting the Hoosic Tunnel

Directions to East Portal

From the West
Travel MA Route 2, up into the town of Florida, about 1/2 mile east of Whitcomb summit. Take a left, then about 500 feet down that road take a right. You will travel down a very steep grade to the Deerfield river. Turn left and go north for about 1 mile. You can’t miss it.

From the East
Travel MA Route 2 through the town of Charlemont. About 2 miles west of the town center before Mohawk park & the bridge over the Deerfield river turn right. This road follows the Deerfield river. Stick to all roads that follow the Deerfield (not like there are a lot of choices) after about 7 miles you will reach the East Portal.

From the North
Travel VT Route 100 to the town of Readsboro VT. In town there is a main road that goes southward, aptly named Tunnel Road. Travel this road following the river for about 10 miles.

Warning !

Trespassing is illegal and dangerous especially when inside the tunnel with a train! If you go inside and see a light run and hide! that is unless of course its the portal, then you don’t have to run nor hide.  Trains burn diesel fuel and produce among other things carbon monoxide and deafening amounts of noise! Trains also have people in them and people have eyes used for seeing things.. Like trespassers! 
Just be Careful, use your Head, and Stay Safe.