Inspectors find more rail problems
Oct 29, 2015 12:03 am
Brian Nearing in the Albany Times-Union reports numerous minor violations and six so-called "critical defects" that had to be repaired immediately were found when federal and state inspectors last week examined 235 crude oil tank cars, about 195 miles of track, and 72 switches. They also found 80 non-critical problems that must be repaired within 30 days, in the latest so-called "inspection blitz." High-profile accidents, and a huge increase in volume of oil train cars speeding through the Hudson Valley and other parts of New York have led to the added inspections. The CSX Corporation-owned Selkirk Yard in Selkirk, the Global yard the Port of Albany, and the Buffalo Southern Railroad yard in Buffalo were among the areas inspected last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced Oct. 27. "At the CSX rail yard in Selkirk, federal inspectors looked at 120 crude oil tank cars and found two non-critical defects, including missing vent protectors. State inspectors looked at 110 tankers in Selkirk and found no defects," Nearing reported. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.