April 16, 2014

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Train track safety work underway

Solar-powered device, near Cornwall, can help stop a runaway train
(Photo: Jim Lennon)

CORNWALL – CSX Railroad has begun to comply with Federal Railroad Administration rules concerning safety with the installation of solar powered track equipment along the West Shore freight line.

The line runs along the Hudson River and is used to transport, among other shipments, crude oil, which has been in the forefront of debates concerning safety on Mid-Hudson rail after several high profile accidents and derailments. One derailment, near Kingston recently, involved empty crude oil tanker cars.

Solar-powered track devices being installed are in constant contact, via satellite link, with national CSX headquarters and the train movement control center that is in the State of Florida. In theory, once functional, it will be able to stop a runaway freight train.

One device was recently installed in a location along the railroad right-of-way in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson.


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