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At Troy, New York, a locomotive plunges into the Hudson River off an open drawbridge

Railway Accident, Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad drawbridge, Troy, New York, September 23, 1865, artist's impression, detail
09/23/1865
A locomotive, along with its baggage car and one passenger car were backing across the Hudson River railroad drawbridge to the main Troy, New York station from its depot in preparation for a journey.  A misunderstanding of signals saw the train run through the open drawbridge and plunge into the river and sustain very heavy damage.  Since the train was empty but for its crew, who all escaped, no serious injuries were reported.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Railroad Accident.; A Train Run Into an Open Drawbridge Fortunate Escape...," New York Times, September 24, 1865. 
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