Posts Tagged ‘NS derailment’

NS Train Derails on Horseshoe Curve

July 7, 2019

No injuries were reported after 11 cars of a westbound Norfolk Southern manifest freight train derailed Friday evening on Horseshoe Curve west of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Workers were still cleaning up the derailment site on Saturday.

An NS spokesperson said the 11 cars of train 34A that derailed were all empty and eight of them turned over onto their sides.

No hazardous materials were involved in the derailment.

The derailment occurred at 8:40 p.m. The train was en route from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Conway Yard north of Pittsburgh.

The train reportedly had 141 cars in its consist. An online report indicated that two of the three tracks at the site were blocked.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Line Back to Normal

August 29, 2018

A Pittsburgh light rail line has returned to full service after the completion of repairs to rebuild track and a station that were damaged by a Norfolk Southern derailment on Aug. 5

The Station Square Station was damaged along with the overhead wires and tracks.

The inbound tracks were returned to service last Thursday and full service was restored last weekend.

The derailment of a Chicago-bound container train on the NS Mon Line sent containers and cars down a hillside and onto the light rail line operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Station Reopens

August 24, 2018

A Pittsburgh light rail station damaged by a Norfolk Southern derailment has reopened.

The derailment on Aug. 5 forced the closing of the Station Square station.

On Thursday, the Port Authority of Allegheny County reopened the station for outbound riders.

Inbound passengers will continue to be detoured through the Allentown neighborhood until tests are completed of the new track.

The Port Authority hopes to restore full service this weekend.

The NS derailment sent containers from a Chicago-bound double-stack train down an embankment and into the station, damaging 1,600 feet of track and 4,000 feet of power lines.

Sections of sidewalk, drainage inlets and a concrete wall also had to be repaired.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Line Damaged by NS Derailment Not Expected to Reopen for 3-4 Weeks

August 14, 2018

A Pittsburgh light rail line station knocked out of service by a Norfolk Southern derailment is not expected to reopen for another three to four weeks.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County said on Monday it has hired consultants and contractors to repair track and equipment damaged by the Aug. 5 derailment of an NS stack train on the Mon Line at the Station Square light rail station.

The T stop at Station Square has been closed since the derailment.

Inspectors found that 1,600 feet of track sustained extensive damage and will need to be replaced.

Also needing replacement is about 4,000 feet of overhead electrical line and the supports for the overhead.

The derailment also shut down the NS Mon Line for three days. The derailment occurred a few minutes after a light-rail train had passed.

One lane of East Carson Street remains closed to allow workers access to the light rail tracks.

A Port Authority spokesman said a cost estimate to repair the damages has not yet been calculated but the agency will seek reimbursement from NS or through insurance.

Although not directly connected to the NS derailment, the Port Authority said hiring contractors to repair the Station Square damage will enable workers to continue to work on the Blue Line in Library where flooding earlier this summer caused significant damage.

That route was expected to open on Sept. 1, but now authorities say that will likely be pushed back because of the NS derailment.

The Port Authority said it will review the NS accident after track and infrastructure repairs are complete to determine if additional safety measures are needed to protect the T station and system in the event of a future freight train derailment.

No Injuries in NS Pittsburgh Derailment Sunday

August 6, 2018

No injuries were reported after a Norfolk Southern train derailed on Sunday afternoon near Station Square in Pittsburgh.

However, rail cars fell down a hill and onto the light-rail tracks operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

The transit agency said that riders experienced delays heading to and from downtown Pittsburgh, as workers cleaned up the debris from the derailment.

Seven cars of a Chicago-bound double stack train derailed. NS said the derailed cars were carrying food products, beverages, housewares and other retail items.

NS sent cranes to the site to lift the rail cars and containers and stage them in a parking lot at Station Square where they will be loaded onto tractor-trailer or flatbed trucks for removal from the site.

The railroad said it expected to have the route, known as the Mon Line, cleared in 24 to 48 hours after the derailment.

“Norfolk Southern is actively pursuing detour and reroute options in an effort to minimize shipping delays and working closely with customers to meet their service needs,” an NS spokesman said.

The train of three locomotives and 57 loaded intermodal rail cars was 7,687 feet long and weighed 4,838 tons. NS officials are still seeking the cause of the derailment.

No Injuries in NS Derailment in Pennsylvania

April 4, 2018

No injuries occurred when five cars of a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday morning.

The cars landed in Stone Creek, a tributary of the Juniata River.

NS said that two of the cars were carrying hauling peas while the other three derailed cars carried dried potatoes, pulpboard, and plastic pellets.

The train was en route from Altoona to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and had 75 loaded and 10 empty cars.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

2 NS Crew Members Hurt in Derailment

February 16, 2018

Two Norfolk Southern crew members were injured Thursday afternoon after an eastbound auto rack train derailed in a remote location near Attica, New York, on the Southern Tier line.

The injured workers were the conductor and engineer, both of whom were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

The train had two locomotives and 43 loaded auto rack cars. Both locomotives derailed along with nine cars.

NS spokesman Jonathan Glass said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Online reports indicated that the train was symbol freight 28N and Glass said it was en route to Mechanicville, New York.

After the derailment, fire broke out on the lead locomotives and authorities decided to let the fire burn itself out, in part because the derailment site is difficult for fire fighters to reach.

However, several fire departments and hazmat units were at the scene.

The derailment was reported at 4:03 p.m. on a stretch of track with a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The cause of the derailment has not yet been disclosed.

NS said that although the train was not carrying hazardous materials it was sending its environmental specialists to clean up spilled diesel fuel, a process expected to take several days.

Authorities said both locomotives and some rail cars of the train went over an embankment and landed in a ravine.

The track in that vicinity is about 50 to 75 feet above a nearby farm field.

NS is reportedly detouring trains that normally use the Southern Tier route west of Binghamton, New York, via Sunbury and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then westward.

No Injuries in NS Fort Wayne Line Derailment

February 5, 2018

No injuries were reported after 14 cars of a Norfolk Southern manifest freight derailed early Saturday morning in Ashland County.

The derailment closed Ohio Route 39 for several hours and some of the derailed cars leaked zinc oxide and propane.

The derailment occurred about 3 a.m. on the west side of Loudonville on the NS Fort Wayne Line. The train, identified in an online report as 12V had 135 cars.

The Ashland County Emergency Management Agency said the leaking materials posed no danger to residents. The highway reopened shortly Saturday after 6:30 p.m.

Ashland County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Carl Richert said a propane tank car was leaking at the scene of the derailment, which remains under investigation.

The Fort Wayne Line runs from the northwest corner of Loudonville toward Perrysville, east of Ohio 39 and west of the Black Fork.

Two NS crew members were aboard the train but were not hurt.

No Injuries in NS Sandusky District Derailment

January 24, 2018

No injuries were reported after a westbound Norfolk Southern stack train derailed late Monday near Attica on the railroad’s Sandusky District.

The Chicago-bound train derailed at 10:45 p.m. near Township Road 122. NS and R.J. Corman crews spent much of Tuesday cleaning up the derailment site.

NS spokesman Jonathan Glass said nine rail cars derailed. No hazardous materials were spilled during the incident.  The train had three locomotives and 53 cars. No cause for the derailment has been released.

With traffic backing up on Ohio Route 162 in Attica, the Ohio Department of Transportation set up a detour that was expected to be in place through Wednesday morning.

One lane of the road was blocked during the derailment cleanup.

No Injuries in NS Pennsylvania Derailment

June 2, 2016

No injuries were reported after nine cars of a Norfolk Southern train derailed on the Lurgan Branch in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.

NS logo 2The derailment blocked rail traffic for several hours.

Nine boxcars turned over on their sides on a curve. The train had originated at Enola Yard and was heading for Hagerstown, Maryland.

The line had reopened by 9:55 p.m. Media reports indicated that two Amtrak trains were delayed by the derailment.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.