NJT Train Derails at NY Penn, Briefly Disrupting Service

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A non-passenger New Jersey Transit train derailed inside New York Penn Station early Wednesday, but no one was hurt and service was running on or close to schedule by the time the peak morning commute got underway, officials said.

An NJ Transit spokesperson said an Amtrak crew was operating the train out of the yard around 4:25 a.m. when the engine came off the tracks at Track 4. The train cars were blocking tracks 1 through 5, which are not the ones already subject to closure for Amtrak’s summer-long infrastructure overhaul.

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Service on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines was subject to about 20-minute delays for a time. Officials had cautioned delays and cancellations were possible for the morning rush, but NJ Transit said around 6:30 a.m. that the engine had been re-railed and service in and out of Penn was operating on or close to schedule. Get real-time transit updates here. 

The Long Island Railroad said it was not affected by the derailment. 

Amtrak, which owns and maintains the tracks at Penn, did not immediately comment on the mishap.

Trains have been operating under revised schedules since July while Amtrak conducts extensive repairs at the aging Manhattan transit hub. At least three tracks have been subject to closure at any given time; work is focusing on six. Before the work began, Gov. Cuomo warned that commuters could be in for a “summer of hell,” but his ominous prediction has fallen short of expectations.

Amtrak’s repair work is expected to be completed by Labor Day. Work has been on or ahead of schedule. It wasn’t immediately clear if the derailment would delay the project.

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