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Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge Fire, May 8, 1974 (editor's title)

Poughkeepsie Bridge burning
Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge fire on May 8, 1974, on the Penn Central Railroad over the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. The fire caused enough damage to permantly close the bridge to rail traffic. Trains were diverted to alternative routes, and many railroad facilities in the area closed, including the large yard at Maybrook, New York. It was likely started by a spark from an eastbound freight train. Due to cost reductions by the financially-strapped railroad, there were no watchmen to immediately notice the fire, and no water available on the bridge. Altogether, some 125 local firefighters spent 12 hours containing the blaze. The bridge had been an important link in the northeast rail system following its completion in 1888. The 6,768-foot cantilever truss bridge still stands and remains a visual icon of the region. Restoration work to turn the bridge into a public park and walkway began in May 2008 by the group Walkway Over the Hudson, which opened the bridge in October 2009.
Source John Fasulo, Beacon, New York
Coverage Spatial, Poughkeepsie, New York; Temporal, May 8, 1974
Rights John Fasulo
Date Created 1974-05-08
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Poughkeepsie, New York
Creator Description John Fasulo, a news cameraman for twenty-five years, lives in Beacon, New York. His grandfather, "Pop," introduced him to photography and railroads, inspiring a lifelong passion for both. "Pop" was a machinist for the New York Central at its shops in Harmon, New York. As a boy, Fasulo photographed him in the "head end" (locomotive cab). Fasulo's recent exhibitions include Cunnan Hackett Cultural Center, spring 2010; the Gallery, Steamtown, Scranton, Pennsylvania, April 2010; The Rivers and Estuaries Center, Beacon, New York; the DB Museum in Nuremburg, Germany, 2012; and in print at Cereis Press, Spring Issue 2010 vol.1 issue 3.
Collection John Fasulo Collection
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