Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Bernard Rudberg » Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:01 am

There is one big reason why it was not scrapped. They discovered that it would cost almost twice as much as the walkway just to tear it down for scrap.

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Re: Pok bridge fire

Postby RussNelson » Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:12 am

b&m617 wrote:IMHO, you will see fur growing on trout before you see this walkway go; there isn't enough money in the world to make this happen. l

Fortunately, sir, you have been proven wrong. :-)
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby RussNelson » Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:28 am

nysw3636 wrote:In Sunday's (10-4-09) Kingston Freeman celebrating the opening of " Walkway Over The Hudson ", there is mention ( and picture ) of the last engineer that crossed the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. It states... " I've made a thousand trips over this bridge, so I know what it is "- John May, Wallkill engineer on final train to cross span in 1974.


You mean THIS John May? :-) We were pulling our water quality test platform, B1 (visible in the background) out of the Hudson at the boat launch in Newburg, and I saw a fellow with a Walkway Over The Hudson hat. Asked him if he'd been across and he said "once on foot, on opening day, but many times on a locomotive. I drove the last train over the bridge" and went on to explain about dragging brake shoes throwing sparks and starting fires. I practically started jumping up and down and ran to get my camera so I could have my photo taken with him.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:15 am

Bernard Rudberg wrote:There is one big reason why it was not scrapped. They discovered that it would cost almost twice as much as the walkway just to tear it down for scrap.

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I figured that. I'm just glad that it was salvageable.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby nysw3636 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:26 pm

Yes Russ, that would be THIS John May. I would have enjoyed a conversation with him about the bridge ( and Maybrook Route ) as well. Thanks for sharing the picture...
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed May 26, 2010 7:36 pm

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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby gawlikfj » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:49 pm

Sam Christiano was also on that last train over the Poukeepsie Bridge . I believe Sam passed away in 2009 .
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby joseph » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:46 pm

to russ nelson: is that the Johnny May who was a NH/PC/CR/MTAMetroNorth locomotive engineer? if it is, i worked with him some years ago and glad he is alive and well.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby RussNelson » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:58 pm

Yup, I believe there's only one Johnny May.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby joseph » Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:25 pm

thanks for the response, Russ. Johnny is a good man. i enjoyed the talks we had on the job together.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Noel Weaver » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:08 pm

RussNelson wrote:Yup, I believe there's only one Johnny May.


Negative on this one. John's father (John SR) was also in engine service on the NHRR, Shore Line Roster fireman out of New York. Never made it to engineer, they found him dead on an engine in Penn Station one day of an apparant heart attack.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby shlustig » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:30 pm

IIRC, wasn't there a brother -- Tommy May?
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Noel Weaver » Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:37 pm

shlustig wrote:IIRC, wasn't there a brother -- Tommy May?


Yes, and a cousin Gary who hired out firing on the NHRR at the time I did in early 1960. He ended up on the Long Island Rail Road as a result of Award 282 and I almost did too. Tom has been gone for quite a few years now and I suspect that Gary is
probably retired from the LIRR for some time too. I haven't seen Gary in many, many years.

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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Larry » Thu May 08, 2014 8:04 pm

If I am not mistaken, is today the 40th year the Poughkeepsie Bridge went up in flames? May 8, 1974 was a sad, sad day.
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Re: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge Arson?

Postby Kurt » Sun May 11, 2014 3:26 am

Yes, May 8,2014 was the 40th anniversary.

Here is a link to the local Poughkeepsie Journal which had a bunch of articles and photos.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/search/bridge%20fire/
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