More LIRR delays because of derailment

Posted at 11:03 PM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-19 23:03:02-04

Long Island Railroad commuters are being advised to be patient again during the morning and evening rush on Wednesday, as crews work round the clock to make repairs from Monday night’s derailment of a work train west of the Forest Hills Station.

Four cars jumped the tracks, tearing up 3,700 feet of rail along one of the LIRR’s main tracks between Jamaica and Penn Station.  None of the three crew members aboard the train were hurt.

Crews succeeded in righting two of the 62 ton derailed cars and were expected to have the other two back on the track sometime Wednesday


With one of its main tracks out of service, the MTA said it had no choice but to cancel some trains—11 out of 125 in the morning and seven in  then evening. The lines affected are Babylon, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Port Jefferson and Port Washington. Other trains are still operating on those lines, but they’re coming less frequently than usual.

As part of the repair, workers have to replace 1,600 concrete rail ties.  All that is going to take time and the MTA expects it will have to continue with the cancellation of some trains at least through Friday.

Investigators, meantime, have begun a probe to determine the cause of the derailment.