3.34 The Cut

The original plan had a tunnel (below, top right).

Given the mountainous terrain of New England, I'd expected to have found at least a few tunnels in New Hampshire, but—surprise!—I haven't found even one. Granted, the mountains of the area are some of the oldest on the planet, so they're not quite as rugged as others like, say, the Rockies. What's far more prevalent in New Hampshire are cuts; some are quite long and deep. My model cut is 160 feet long by 26 feet deep.

The cut started on 17 October 2020 with pieces of Cripplebush Valley rubber rock temporarily pinned in place with sewing pins (above). The following day, after taping up the gaps between the rock and roadbed, I filled them in with a slurry of thinned pre-colored sanded grout (below).

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Here's a good example in Newbury, NH, along the Concord and Claremont Railroad (abandoned circa 1977):

The cut is roughly 300 feet long and a maximum of 50 feet deep; today it's a popular rock climbing area. Notice the distinct lack of talus.

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