Palatine Bridge, NY Locomotive Boiler Explosion, Nov 1887


UTICA, N. Y., Nov. 15.--The boiler of engine No. 496, drawing a live stock train on the New-York Central and Hudson River Railroad, exploded at Palatine Bridge at 8:50 A. M. today, killing the fireman, John Gingrass, of Albany, and severely injuring Engineer William Mitchell, also of Albany. The engineer was conscious, and at last accounts it was thought that he had a good chance for recovery. The engine had been run through from Rome to Palatine Bridge without taking water. The boiler had become dry and hot, and when cold water was let into it at Palatine Bridge the explosion occurred. It is reported that a brakeman who was on the engine was blown some distance, but escaped injury.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Nov 1887