Investigation continues into Hudson River tunnel incident that damaged train

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NEW YORK — While operations are back to normal in the Hudson River tunnels leading to New York’s Penn Station, a question remains: Just what exactly was it hat punctured an NJ Transit car on Friday night, leading to a nine-hour shutdown of service through the tunnel?

A piece of metal came through the car, and other cars were damaged, in the Friday incident. [See “Overhead lines fall, piercing train in Hudson River tunnel,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 10, 2018.] Amtrak, which owns and maintains the tunnels, and the Federal Railroad Adminstration are both investigating, according to a report by NJ.com.

Amtrak and NJ Transit officials told NJ.com they were unsure whether the metal pole was part of the catenary system or a piece of the railroad car. Amtrak conducted repairs of the electrical system throughout the weekend, finishing in time for Monday’s morning commute.

The electrical equipment in the tunnel dates to a 1930s upgrade by the Pennsylvania railroad, the report noted.

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