The Barnesville Tunnel with Ventilator House kit from The N Scale Architect is inspired by the 3,409-foot Mahanoy Tunnel completed by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad in 1863. This tunnel located near Barnesville, Pennsylvania is still used today by the Reading & Northern Railroad. A tunnel fan exhaust system was added in 1901 on the eastern entrance to remove the smoke and gases created by steam locomotives that passed through this tunnel on a daily basis. Though not an exact replica, this kit captures the major structural elements of this prototype based on field visits and articles. Whether this system is modeled as being operational or not, it will add interest to any tunnel portal on your layout or module.
Included in this kit are the main chamber housing, two exhaust fan buildings, vent ductwork and a wooden tunnel casing which are complemented by highly detailed exhaust fan castings, finely etched stainless steel grilles and illustrated step-by-step instructions. The completed model measures 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4" 14 x 8.9 x 5.7cm. The Barnesville Tunnel with Ventilator House is one of many N Scale structures from The N Scale Architect.