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Trackside at Pinkerton Horn, 2011/11 by Paul Heckbert

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Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
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$7.00 to $982.00
2.47 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 14, 2011
Date taken
Nov 12, 2011

Work crews are daylighting (digging out the ridge above) the CSX railroad tunnel visible at left so that taller rail cars can be run on this line. The Great Allegheny Passage bike trail and this CSX railroad follow the Casselman River here. Toward the center of the image, workers are cutting trees and excavating the hillside upstream of Pinkerton Horn. The felled trees and the dirt are being trucked up the steep road to be dumped in huge piles on top of the ridge (known as Pinkerton horn). J. B. Fay is the company doing most of the work. I don't know why they're excavating the hillside upstream of the tunnel here, since it would not seem to be necessary in order to daylight this tunnel, or why the huge trench in the foreground was dug.

The bridge visible through the trees at far right is the old Western Maryland Railway bridge, now used by the GAP trail. www.atatrail.org Will open in a new tab or window/
Apparently the tree-cutting and excavation is proceeding six days a week, and is expected to complete some time in 2012.

Click on the 'View in Google Earth' link for best viewing.

See also
view from the downstream side of the horn, in October: gigapan.org/gigapans/89920/
and in November, when it is even more scarred: gigapan.org/gigapans/92117/
Stitched using GigaPan Stitch, mask retouching using Adobe Photoshop.

GigaPan Stitch version 1.4.0001 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 2470 megapixels (111568 x 22140 pixels)
Input images: 324 (36 columns by 9 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 71.4 degrees high (top=42.3, bottom=-29.1)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0433 c2=-0.00129
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-11-12 11:57:39 - 2011-11-12 12:19:09
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.005
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 25.3 to 58.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 27.2 to 30.7 percent
Computer stats: 3840 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:12:21 (13 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 8:51, Projection: 10:28, Blending: 53:02
(Preview finished in 27:25)

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