March 20th, 2011
Although it has been said that 198 men had met their deaths in the tunnel, the identity of only 75 of the men is known. The final cost to build the tunnel was approximately 7 million dollars.
Members of the M.A.P.S. Team visited the Hoosac tunnel on March 20, 2011, at which time we left a bouquet of flowers in memory of those brave men who lost their lives over the span of approximately 20 years. At the opening of the East Portal , M.A.P.S. Team members did see what looked like cloud of mist hovering above them, and witnessed a distant light at the other end of the tunnel. Voices seemed to echo from inside the frigid darkness and a black shadow was seen passing back and forth across the tracks. The team was surprised to find that even today 4 or 5 trains travel these tracks on a daily basis. We were fortunate to experience this piece of preserved history.
Many thanks go out to the North Adams Historical Society for their hospitality and wealth of knowledge concerning the Hoosac Tunnel.