News Wire Digest Third Section for Thursday, April 9

Delaware legislators seek extension of commuter rail service; NTSB reports on Virginia derailment; Durand, Mich., cancels Railroad Days
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Still more Thursday rail news:

— A resolution in Delaware’s General Assembly would direction the state’s Department of Transportation to work with neighboring states and railroads to fill a 20-mile gap in commuter rail service between Newark, Del., and Perryville, Md. Delaware Public Media reports the resolution seek to have Maryland’s MARC and Pennsylvania’s SEPTA meet in Newark to close the gap, currently served only by Amtrak. Maryland’s legislature has already passed a law requiring negotiations with Delaware and railroads to extend MARC service to Newark [see “News Wire Third Section for Friday, March 20”]. The resolution is hold with Delaware’s legislature postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

— The National Transportation Safety Board says a subgrade fill failure of the track structure led to a 2018 derailment of a CSX train that sent eight cars off a bridge and onto a Norfolk Southern line below. The report issued earlier this month dealt with a May 19, 2018, accident in Alexandria, Va., that led to disruption of Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express service [see “Clean-up continues of CSX DC derailment,” Trains News Wire, May 21, 2018].

— Durand, Mich., has cancelled its annual Railroad Days Festival, scheduled for May 14-17. The cancellation was announced in a brief message on the event’s Facebook page: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Railroad Days 2020 has been canceled! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” It was to have been the 44th annual Railroad Days.


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