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Old Laurel Railroad Tunnel
Santa Cruz, CA

by Vaughn Aubuchon

Here is a description of the old Laurel railroad tunnel on the Los Gatos to Santa Cruz line, opened in May 1880. The line was washed out in February 1940. The rails were removed in 1941. The Laurel tunnel was sealed at both ends using dynamite in April 1942.

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Laurel-Glenwood Tunnel
AKA the Glenwood Tunnel

Length: 5,793 feet
Open - 1880
Sealed - 1942

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Tunnel Portals listed in order
on route from San Jose

3. Northern Portal at Laurel (elev.=903 ft.) Easy access behind marker

4. Southern Portal at Glenwood Drive
Easy visual access at road - physical access is much harder.

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Photos below are Portal # 3 - Laurel

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Laurel Railroad Tunnel Portal
The Laurel Portal of the Laurel-Glenwood Tunnel
This entrance is sealed about 20 feet in.
Daylight shines in from the back of the concrete,
revealing a total collapse of the surface.
"He blowed up real good" comes to mind.
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Laurel Railroad Tunnel - Date 1909
The New 1909 Laurel Portal
The new concrete portal entrance was constructed in 1909, three years after the big quake of 1906.
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Laurel Historical Marker, Laurel, CA
Laurel Historical Marker
"Once thriving railroad and sawmill town, known as
Highland, when the first through train ran in 1880.
Name Laurel adopted about 1885. F.A. Hihn built
sawmill here in 1899. The Laurel Mill shipped much
of the lumber to rebuild San Francisco in 1906. Little
remains today except tunnel portals and memories.
This historical marker placed by the County of Santa
Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Bicentennial
Commission October 1969."

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Located at the old town site of Laurel.




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Photos below are Portal # 4 - Glenwood

 

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Glenwood Railroad Tunnel Portal
The Glenwood Portal of the Laurel-Glenwood Tunnel
Although the tunnel entrance can easily be found, physical access is more difficult.
This is due to private property, and a steep bank down to the railroad bed, which is now a creek bed.
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Glenwood Railroad Tunnel Portal closeup
The Glenwood Portal of the Laurel-Glenwood Tunnel
This portal is sealed just inside the entrance.
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Glenwood Railroad Tunnel Portal - 1909

The Glenwood Portal of the Laurel-Glenwood Tunnel
Notice the 1909 portal construction date.
The pipe safety rail looks like railing over a creek,
but the other side of the road is solid mountain. AHA!
Because of this, it is probably the easiest portal to find.
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This Vaughn's Santa Cruz Laurel-Glenwood Railroad
Tunnel summary was last updated on 2018-09-13.