Poughkeepsie Bridge Route

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The Poughkeepsie Bridge Route was a passenger train route from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts, via Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The route specifically avoided the Port of New York, due to the lack of a rail crossing of North River (Hudson River). Instead it passed over the Poughkeepsie Bridge at Poughkeepsie, New York. Its Boston terminus at North Station, an advantage allowing for a direct transfer to Boston and Maine Railroad lines to the north.

The Federal Express later used a similar route for several years in the 1910s, but ran via Trenton, New Jersey and New Haven, Connecticut.

The route used the following companies' lines:

The route was only used from 1890 to 1893, after which operating patterns changed.[1] Parts of the route near the Poughkeepsie Bridge have been converted to rail trails; the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to the west, and the Dutchess Rail Trail to the east. The closure of the bridge to rail traffic after a 1974 fire eliminated the route and created the Selkirk hurdle.

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