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The Boring Perspective

     The concept of HoosacTunnel.net started in the summer of 2000. Back then the internet was significantly smaller and less full of Hoosac Tunnel related material. There was one especially good website around at the time: http://www.intac.com/~jsumberg/hoosac.htm (don't bother looking, its not there anymore, but if you really REALLY want to see it go to www.archive.org and put that URL in and you can see some old cached entries of the site minus a few photographs.) I grew fond of the area around the East Portal for exploration and would go up there with mind boggling frequency, after all, at the time I lived 20 miles away in Plainfield and was on summer vacation from Mohawk Trail Regional High School. I had a great desire to create a new Hoosac Tunnel Webpage to cover all the details that I could find, but I lacked the resources to get the project moving. I didn't have a digital camera as they were far too expensive back then and I didn't have the patience. I took a few pictures that fall and wrote a little HTML and that was about it.

   By late 2000 early 2001 my interest was sparked again, this time by another now dead website http://www.geocities.com/ironfistorg/Hoosac_Tunnel.html (again, archive.org will find the text, but in this case no images will show, which is a shame cause they had some really great pictures.)  This website sparked a whole new set of adventures and explorations. But as college came around HoosacTunnel.net came to a near standstill, 4 years of very little development and mostly dormant ideas. A few maps, a few pictures, and a few visits were all I had time for. After college was over and I had a job it became a full force hobby again. I gathered friends to go on hikes searching for alignment towers, and excursions looking for interesting things around the portals all in the name of taking pictures for this website.

The More Useful Info

    The synopsis on the main page tells the reader that this website has the goal of being the most robust source of Hoosac Tunnel information on the Internet. This means that I will try to provide all the information that I can. I know a lot of people ask on other pages if they will lead tours, now within reason I will as long as we can make some sort of reasonable arrangement. If anyone sees something that they find to be inaccurate, or if they have any pictures they wish to share I will be happy to make alterations to my site to accommodate, all you need to do is E-mail me.


Marc looking at a map at the site of the Rowe Alignment tower. Photo by Seth May

Please always remember not to trespass! becasue POLITE ANGRY MARC SAYS!

Copyright 2000 - 2005 M Howes
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.