August 24, 2005

Derailment cancels New York-Boston Amtrak service

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The derailment of a CSX Corp. freight
train in New York City has forced the cancellation of
long-distance Amtrak passenger train service between New York
and Boston, Amtrak said on Wednesday.

CSX spokeswoman Misty Skipper said four freight cars
derailed Tuesday morning in New York's Bronx borough, damaging
overhead electrical lines. Three of the cars were empty and the
fourth carried plywood, she said.

There were no injuries.

Amtrak said the cancellation of Acela and Metroliner
services, which are powered by overhead cables, is in effect
Wednesday and Thursday, while the rail network works to restore
electrical power.

Regional trains, relying on diesel engines, are operating
on normal schedules, Amtrak said, with delays of up to 45
minutes between New York and New Haven, Connecticut.