Digest: Transportation Safety Board says sudden track failure led to CN derailment

News Wire Digest third section for Nov. 5: New York museum hopes to relay track, allowing for excursions; Brooklyn subway service disrupted by early-morning derailment
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A photo from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's report shows the site of a January 2020 CN derailment.
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More Thursday morning rail news:

Transportation Safety Board cites sudden track failure in CN derailment

A sudden track failure, likely reflecting wide-gauge conditions which developed quickly because of unit train traffic, is the likely cause of the January 2020 derailment of a Canadian National train en route to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada on Wednesday released a report on its limited-scope investigation — one that may contain some analysis but does not include findings or recommendations. In the Jan. 7 incident, 34 cars of wood pellets on a train en route from Smithers, B.C, to Prince Rupert; there were no injuries. The accident occurred at a curve where track inspections had previously noted wide-gauge deviations.

Salamanca Rail Museum aims to restore track, host excusions
The Salamanca (N.Y.) Rail Museum hopes to relay 1.3 miles of track from its location to connect with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in East Salamanca, allowing it to run excursions from Buffalo to the museum. The Salamanca Press reports museum director Jare Cardinal told the Salamanca Common Council of the planned $3 million project which could aid area tourism. It would involve laying track on abandoned right-of-way belonging to the Seneca Nation, which could be involved in a shuttle-bus service to bring passengers to the museum. The museum is now seeking funding for the project.

Subway train derails during overnight closure, disrupting Brooklyn service
A subway train carrying MTA workers derailed early this morning during the New York City Subway’s overnight closure, leading to morning service disruptions. WABC-TV reports the second car of the eight-car N train derailed between the Barclays Center and Dekalb Avenue stations a little before 4 a.m. Just three people were aboard; no injuries were reported. There are delays and reduced service on the B, D, N, Q and R lines while an investigation continues.

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