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Metro-North: Regular Monday commute on Hudson Line

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Metro-North announced it will operate a regular Hudson Line schedule on Monday with scattered delays up to 15 minutes due to our limited operational capacity following last Thursday's freight train derailment in the vicinity of Spuyten Duyvil station.

Limited hourly Hudson Line service will operate for the remainder of Sunday between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers stations. Until then, customers are strongly recommended to make alternate service plans.

Crews have been working under very difficult conditions. The site of the derailment is in a narrow rock cut making it impossible to work alongside the derailed cars. The weather, with heat and humidity reaching dangerous levels, has made it more difficult for crews.

The following conditions have also made the removal of the freight equipment extremely challenging:

  • Garbage containers have tipped over or fallen off the flat cars carrying them blocking access to the track area. Freight cars are out of position and off the tracks.
  • Because of the lack of clearance, cranes require many moves to get the freight equipment back into position for removal from the site.
  • Crane outriggers (that stabilize the cranes) need to be set up, taken down and reset in different locations to support each move of the cranes.
  • Some freight cars need to be rebuilt underneath so their wheels and trucks are operational. Only then can they be re-railed for removal.
  • Before some freight cars can be re-railed, the tracks in front of them also need to be rebuilt.
  • Some freight cars need to be dug out of the ballast before they can be reassembled and re-railed. Due to the narrow space, this work has to be done by hand since there is not enough space for equipment to assist with this effort.
  • Due to the site constraints and challenges, we are undertaking a variety of different methods to re-rail the equipment.
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