Freight rail inspections find defects


ALBANY – Rail line inspections in the Mid-Hudson Valley, which were ordered by the governor, have turned up a number of deficiencies.
Last week the state Transportation Department and Federal Railroad Administration conducted track inspections on the CSX mainline track between Milton and Fort Montgomery and in the City of Kingston.
The inspections were prompted by derailments both in the region and other parts of the US and Canada involving trains carrying highly explosive Bakken crude oil.  The inspections focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment, including wheels and brakes.
In the Mid-Hudson inspections, investigators found three critical defects,
including gage, tie plate and bolt defects. The inspectors also found
12 non-critical defects including loose, worn or missing bolts, insufficient
rail fasteners, a loose rail brace and a cracked switch component.

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