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11906Amtrak to resume train service

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  • Gino's Railpage
    Jun 1 6:21 PM
      Amtrak to resume train service
      Tracks expected to be cleared by this morning after CSX derailment

      By CATHY WOODRUFF, Staff writer
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      First published: Thursday, June 1, 2006

      One track was cleared late Wednesday afternoon and a second was
      expected to be ready for traffic sometime Wednesday night after a CSX
      freight train derailed Tuesday in the Montgomery County hamlet of
      Tribes Hill, halting freight and passenger trains that usually roll
      along the Mohawk riverfront.

      CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said the freight railroad was able to
      resume routing some trains through the area by 4:15 p.m., and Amtrak's
      Lake Shore Limited from New York City to Chicago also ran on Wednesday
      afternoon after a cancellation on Tuesday, according to an Amtrak
      ticket agent.

      Amtrak, which had been ferrying passengers on some trains between
      stations east and west of the derailment by bus, was expected to
      operate on its normal schedule of east-west runs along the Mohawk
      Valley today.

      The cause of the derailment, which caused about 25 cars to jump off
      the track at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, remains under investigation,
      Sullivan said.

      There were no injuries, but the mishap did prompt the evacuation of
      about 30 homes in Tribes Hill as a precaution as fierce thunderstorms
      approached. Officials feared that an errant lightning strike could
      ignite vapors inside several tank cars that had held flammable ethanol
      and were among the cars derailed.

      Residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 7 p.m., when
      the storms had passed and CSX officials and firefighters examined the
      condition of the derailed tankers. All were intact, except one car
      containing vegetable oil, which leaked, Sullivan said.