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(6) Tunnel 13
« on: January 30, 2024, 11:41:00 AM »
Tunnel 13   5:27

In the Siskiyou Mountains, the old railroad winds
Through the golds of the maples and the green of the pines
Up to Tunnel 13, the Southern she climbs
And three bandits waiting with evil in mind

The D'Autremont brothers had chosen their road
Chosen to live by a criminal code
Word was the mail car was loaded with gold
The brothers had heard it, or had maybe been told

They wanted no witnesses, that was a fact
The brothers were bent on a barbarous act
Gold there was none, only sadness and tears
And the law coming after them year after year

Three bandits, hearts filled with resentment and hate
Killed mail clerk Elvyn Daugherty, engineer Sydney Bates
With shotgun and pistols, they were panicking when
They killed brakeman Coyle Johnson and fireman Marvin Seng

Robbing and looting is as old as the hills
They're still jumping freight trains with crowbars and drills
A hundred years later in Downtown LA
They rob the Union Pacific damn near every day

Four good men lay murdered in the dogwoods and pines
Leaving widows and children and heartbreak behind
Tunnel 13 is the place in the song
Where the beautiful redwood for my guitar came from






https://thatoregonlife.com/2017/04/tunnel-13-oregon/

Tunnel 13 in Oregon Has a Dark History, And It’s Calling Your Name

The last great train robbery of the west happened near Ashland, Oregon.

It's known as the Siskiyou Station, and the history here is incredible — this is where the last train robbery known in the United States happened.

On a dark and stormy night on October 11, 1923, Twins Ray and Roy D’Autremont were 23 years old when they were joined by their teenage brother, Hugh, in robbing Southern Pacific’s Gold Special train in hopes of collecting the half-million dollars in gold rumored to be on board that day. As the train made it's way up the Siskiyou Pass, it slowed to enter Tunnel 13 when the brothers hopped on board. They ordered the conductor Sidney Bates to stop the train at gunpoint and attempted to blow the locked door of the mail car with a stick of dynamite.

Not knowing how powerful the blast would be, they blew up the whole mail car and the clerk inside with it. They shot and killed three railroad employees who heard the commotion, who were staying in the stay house right next to the tracks. Finally, they blasted the poor conductor right in the head with a shotgun and fled into the woods.


To make matters worse, there was no gold to be found. There was a nationwide manhunt that included the federal government, Oregon National Guard troops, local posses, and angry railroad workers. But the brothers laid low, then slipped through the dragnet.

It wasn't until years later in 1927 when the younger brother caught while was serving in the military in the Philippines. Shortly thereafter, the twins were arrested in Ohio.

Forensic research lead to a conviction of the brothers, and Ray DeAutremont was the last of the brothers to be released from prison, on October 27, 1961. He was elderly now of course, and even wrote a book about the robbery.

Years later in November of 2003, the tunnel burned and was rebuilt. When exploring here, you can find old bunk and maintenance shacks and a great view of the Colestin Valley at the other side of the tunnel. Due to the poor maintenance of the tracks, the trains are said to move pretty slow. The Siskiyou Summit rail line is said to also be the steepest in use on the West Coast. The rail line was reopened in 2015 and is currently operated by Corp. Railroad.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2024, 07:37:55 AM by jbaent »
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Re: (6) Tunnel 13
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2024, 11:55:12 AM »
Sounds like a good subject for Mark to write a song about.
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Re: (6) Tunnel 13
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2024, 02:57:46 AM »
‘Tunnel 13’ is a new example of Knopfler’s eye and ear for a gripping yarn, an instinct that goes back to his journalistic training in the years before Dire Straits became one of the biggest bands in the world. Reminiscent of his telling of the story of adventurers Mason and Dixon in ‘Sailing To Philadelphia,’ it centres on the real-life Western tale of a train robbery staged in the Siskiyou Mountains in 1923.

The song’s bridge to modern times is skilfully constructed, since the redwood used in the construction of the ‘Tunnel 13’ at the scene of that century-old crime became one of the most treasured woods in the making of the flat-top guitars that Knopfler reveres so much.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2024, 12:53:08 AM »
"Tunnel Thirteen picks up where Dire Straits’ “Telegraph Road” … began. This tune leaves the station at a slow and steady pace. It never picks up speed, but the tale is full of steam. It’s the longest track on the record, and it tells of “three bandits waiting, with evil in mind” who are “still jumping freight trains … a hundred years later.” (Trains are a frequent topic in Knopfler’s Brit’mericana oeuvre; another track on One Deep River is “Before My Train Comes.”)

Like many of the tracks on this record, "Tunnel Thirteen" is Knopfler recounting how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even the outro instrumental part keeps the pace, a haunting melody defined more by a refrain of steady and somber harmonies rather than ferocious guitar licks kicking up dust"
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2024, 02:05:39 AM »
"Tunnel Thirteen picks up where Dire Straits’ “Telegraph Road” … began. This tune leaves the station at a slow and steady pace. It never picks up speed, but the tale is full of steam. It’s the longest track on the record, and it tells of “three bandits waiting, with evil in mind” who are “still jumping freight trains … a hundred years later.” (Trains are a frequent topic in Knopfler’s Brit’mericana oeuvre; another track on One Deep River is “Before My Train Comes.”)

Like many of the tracks on this record, "Tunnel Thirteen" is Knopfler recounting how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even the outro instrumental part keeps the pace, a haunting melody defined more by a refrain of steady and somber harmonies rather than ferocious guitar licks kicking up dust"

Excellent! This confirms that the second track heard in video 1 is the outro from Tunnel 13.
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Re: (6) Tunnel 13
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2024, 10:27:13 AM »
Why would you think so? Almost all outros are "instrumental"..

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Re: (6) Tunnel 13
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2024, 05:03:59 AM »
Why would you think so? Almost all outros are "instrumental"..

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 Because it says “a haunting melody defined more by a refrain of steady and somber harmonies rather than ferocious guitar licks kicking up dust”
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2024, 07:44:35 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2024, 07:53:51 PM »
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Thank you very much Dutchessy :)
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2024, 08:47:59 PM »
I guess it would have been too much to expect that they would give us a 30 second-snippet of the song that he talks about. :think..

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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2024, 08:59:29 PM »
I was expecting music too :(
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Re: (6) Tunnel 13
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2024, 09:50:45 PM »
"Tunnel Thirteen picks up where Dire Straits’ “Telegraph Road” … began. This tune leaves the station at a slow and steady pace. It never picks up speed, but the tale is full of steam. It’s the longest track on the record, and it tells of “three bandits waiting, with evil in mind” who are “still jumping freight trains … a hundred years later.” (Trains are a frequent topic in Knopfler’s Brit’mericana oeuvre; another track on One Deep River is “Before My Train Comes.”)

Like many of the tracks on this record, "Tunnel Thirteen" is Knopfler recounting how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even the outro instrumental part keeps the pace, a haunting melody defined more by a refrain of steady and somber harmonies rather than ferocious guitar licks kicking up dust"

Excellent! This confirms that the second track heard in video 1 is the outro from Tunnel 13.


I said in the other thread, that the second track in video 1 (instrumental keyboard) is not excatly the outro from Tunnel 13....

But...
after several listenings... I think (but not sure) that the instrumental part in video EPK is the keyboard part of the outro from Tunnel 13. It('s the same key
but not really sure...

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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2024, 05:05:08 PM »
Wooooow what a track! LOVE IT.
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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2024, 05:12:31 PM »
I don't know if I want to know more or less by Friday :)

Dutchessy you've heard the whole album?
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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2024, 05:14:36 PM »
Wooooow what a track! LOVE IT.

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