- Hudson River Bridge (Albany)
bridge_name= Hudson River Bridge
caption= 1866 drawing
New York Central and Hudson River Railroad
length= 4800 ft (1500 m)
below= 30 ft (9 m)
February 18, 1866
long=This Hudson River Bridge across the
Hudson Riverat Albany, New Yorkwas built by the Hudson River Bridge Company (jointly owned 50% by the New York Central Railroadand 25% by the Hudson River Railroadand Boston and Albany Railroad) in the 1860s, opening in 1866. It was later supplemented to the north by the Livingston Avenue Bridge(also built by the Hudson River Bridge Company), allowing trains to bypass downtown, and it has since been removed. In addition, the Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge, opened in 1924, allows trains to bypass Albany altogether to the south.
turntable bridgewas 4800 feet (1500 m) long, with a clearance of 30 feet (9 m) from high water when closed.
The company was incorporated
April 9, 1856. Work on the bridge was begun in April 1864. The earlier Green Island Bridgehad opened to the north in Troy in 1835, but required the longer route of the Schenectady and Troy Railroadwest from Troy. The new bridge was to connect directly to the New York Central Railroad on the west (Albany) side of the bridge, and to the Hudson River Railroad, Troy and Greenbush Railroadand Boston and Albany Railroad on the east (Rensselaer) side.
The first engine, the "
Augustus Schell", passed over the bridge on February 18, 1866. Passenger trains started using it on February 22. That winter, once travel patterns were set, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owner of the Hudson River Railroad, suddenly refused to allow any transfers from the New York Central. The New York Central board gave in, and in 1867 Vanderbilt acquired the company, and in 1869 merged it with the Hudson River Railroad to form the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. [http://www.yamaguchy.netfirms.com/josephson/baron_03.html] This gave the New York Central a majority of ownership in the company; in 1900 the New York Central leased the Boston and Albany.
* [http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/albbrdg.Html The Albany Railroad Bridge] , "
Harper's Weekly" 1866
*The Bridge at Albany, "
New York Times" February 24, 1866, page 1
structure = Crossings
bridge = Hudson River Bridge
bridge signs =
Livingston Avenue Bridge
upstream signs =
Dunn Memorial Bridge
downstream signs =
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