Poughkeepsie Bridge After The Fire

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Poughkeepsie Bridge after Fire

The “Maybrook Line” was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned. This piece of the railroad carried freight from Maybrook Yard, across the Poughkeepsie Bridge to Hopewell Junction where it joined a line from Beacon. The railroad then went to Brewster, then Danbury, and finally to Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven. See the effects of this fire on Eastern Railroading.

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The east end of the Poughkeepsie RR bridge was blocked off after the fire in 1974.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Looking up under the east end of the railroad bridge after the fire in 1974. The burned ties and warped tracks were removed because debris was falling down on route 9 and the streets of Poughkeepsie.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee

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The west end of the Poughkeepsie Bridge was blocked after the fire in 1974. The City of Poughkeepsie is in the background.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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CONRAIL still ran on the Poughkeepsie side of the Maybrook Line in 1981, eight years after the bridge fire.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Work crew removing rails of the Maybrook Line near Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie in 1983.


From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Work crew removing rails of the Maybrook Line at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie in 1983.


From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the rails from the Maybrook Line at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie NY in 1983.


From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Picking up the Maybrook Line rails at Highland NY in 1983.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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The tracks in Highland near the west end of the Poughkeepsie Bridge were torn out in 1983.


From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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The tracks in Highland near the west end of the Poughkeepsie Bridge were torn out in 1983.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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The tracks at the west end of the Poughkeepsie Bridge were torn out in 1983.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.

Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.

Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.
Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.
Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.

Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.

Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Maybrook Line bridge over route 55 at Manchester Bridge Poughkeepsie.

Photo by the late Austin McEntee.

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Housatonic RR #3601 picking up rails from a siding east of Hopewell Junction.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Diddell crossing underpass in 1997 after the Maybrook Line was torn out.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Removing the Diddell crossing underpass in 1997 after the Maybrook line was torn out.

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee.

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Rusty bridge supports after years of neglect.

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A fan trip passing through Hopewell Junction on the former Maybrook Line in May 2004. The locomotive is just entering the Beacon branch tracks.
Photo by
B. L. Rudberg

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Work train parked at Hopewell Junction in November 2003. This train was used to bury fiber optic communications lines along the former Maybrook line amd the Beacon branch.

Photo by B. L. Rudberg

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In early June 2007, Bernie Rudberg got a chance to take a walk on the big bridge in Pok:

“It was hot and hazy but the view is great. We will probably include the bridge on next years CNE tour.

The walkway is a steel grating so they tell you not to look down while you are walking. Check out the picture of my toes looking straight down over the West Shore Line.

I talked to the Walkway people and they say it should not be a problem to handle our CNE group. Just for legal reasons, they get you to sign a paper before you walk out on the bridge. That would make it easier on our insurance.

I think a walk on the big bridge would be a high spot on next years tour.”

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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2007 Walk on the Bridge

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