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Metro-North Crews Rebuild Spuyten Duyvil Tracks

track work at Spuyten Duyvil
track work at Spuyten Duyvil

Metro-North crews have completed reconstruction of a second Hudson Line track in the area of Sunday's derailment. They worked around the clock to rebuild 800 feet of track that were damaged by Sunday’s derailment at Spuyten Duyvil. 

The work, including new ties, ballast, running rails, third rails and signal system, was completed in mid-afternoon on Wednesday and it was inspected by the Sperry Rail Car, which uses ultrasonic technology.  

Personnel worked all night Monday to remove debris and ballast and began laying new ties. With NTSB approval, all rail cars were cleared from the tracks as of about 6 p.m. on Monday.

About 900 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from the locomotive before it was removed and workers will continue to clean up any remaining fuel that spilled during the accident.

The railroad is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board, which is the lead agency investigating the accident.

“This is an extremely challenging time for all of us,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.  “We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership during this crisis and the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department for their quick response and expert assistance in dealing with this tragic incident.”

Crews are working to completely rebuild the middle track (Track 2) by installing new ties and a running rail, in addition to laying down new rock. Then a new third rail will be installed by the Power Department followed by the Signal Department working to restore the signal system.  When that work is completed, test trains will be run before service can be resumed.

This work will take all day Tuesday and likely run into the next few days.  At this time, there is no clear estimate for restoration of train service in this area.

MTA video that shows recovery efforts as crews work to remove rail cars in order to begin rebuilding 800 feet of damaged track can be viewed on our YouTube page.

Crews Repair Damaged Tracks
Metro-North Crews Repair Damaged Tracks
Crews Repair Damaged Tracks
Metro-North Crews Repair Damaged Tracks