Digest: New York subway train derails after debris thrown on tracks

News Wire Digest for Sept. 21: Environmentalists mount challenge to port that will receive LNG trains; logistics firm becomes part owner of Virginia short line
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Three people were injured in this derailment of a New York subway train on Sunday.
Marc A. Hermann/New York City Transit

Monday morning rail news:

Three injured in New York subway derailment

Three people suffered minor injuries Sunday morning when a New York subway train derailed after striking an object believed to have been thrown on the tracks. A news release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the incident occurred about 8:17 a.m., and that the lead car in the eight-car A train scraped four support columns that separate the northbound and southbound express tracks. The 134 passengers on board were evacuated; the New York Times reports one passenger was transported to a local hospital, while two others examined at the scene declined further treatment. A 30-year-old man, believed to be homeless and mentally ill, is in police custody in connection with the derailment. Full service was expected to be restored this morning after workers rerailed the trains and made repairs, but some residual delays were said to be possible while track and support columns were inspected in the area of the accident.

Environmental groups mount opposition to port set to receive LNG trains
A proposed port near Philadelphia that would be the likely destination for liquefied natural gas movement by train is drawing increasing fire from environmentalists concerned about the potential danger of LNG by rail, as well as the larger environmental issue of fracking to create the fuel. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports more than a dozen environmental groups have joined to oppose a dredging plan necessary for construction of the Gibbstown Logistics Center in Gloucester County, N.J., across the Delaware River from Philadelphia International Airport. The Delaware Basin River Commission approved the port project last year, but must still approve the dredging. The private port would be the recipient of trains originating in Wyalusing, Pa. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration has previously approved the permit for those trains, so the plans would not be affected by lawsuits over DOT rules on LNG transport approved earlier this [see “Two suits seek to stop new DOT rule allowing LNG moves by rail,” Trains News Wire, Aug. 18, 2020].

Logistics firm becomes part owner of Shenandoah Valley Railroad
InterChange Group, a logistics and transportation firm based in Mount Crawford, Va., has become part owner of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, a 20.2-mile short line operating between Staunton and Pleasant Valley, Va., with connections to CSX and the Buckingham Branch Railroad. The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record reports InterChange is a minority partner in the operation run by Shenandoah Rail Co. and Valley Rail Service. “We’re looking at [being part of railroad ownership] not only for our own property or properties, but also to help them develop that [resource] more regionally and help other businesses,” Chris Thompson, vice president of business development for InterChange, told the paper.

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