Amtrak service restored in Albany
John Cropley reports for the Daily Gazette that all Amtrak service has been restored after emergency repairs to a decrepit Albany warehouse that had falling debris landing over the train tracks. Chunks of concrete fell off the Central Warehouse building near Interstate 787 onto the elevated right of way that carries trains into northern Albany, with Amtrak halt service there July 29. Contractors for the city of Albany removed a smokestack and loose concrete from the south-facing facade, near the tracks over the weekend, and will reinforce the outer layer of the southern wall to the main structure. “These actions have abated the threat to public safety and allowed Amtrak to restart train service across the Livingston Avenue rail bridge,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.