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Minor maintenance issues noted in CSX track starting in Ripley

April 28, 2016
Westfield Republican

A section of CSX railroad track from Ripley to Blasdell has been noted by a recent state inspection as having minor maintenance issues.

During an inspection of CSX mainline track from Ripley to Blasdell, state Department of Transportation track inspectors examined 62 miles of track and 37 switches. They found eight non-critical defects, including fouled ballast and loose adjustable rail braces, switch point stops, switch rod bolts, guard rail bolts and bolts at switch transition devices.

The results were among those announced recently by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The inspections are designed to improve public safety and reduce potential dangers associated with the transport of crude oil across New York state. Inspection teams examined 341 crude oil tank cars, approximately 132 miles of track and 69 switches. Overall, state and federal teams uncovered and addressed five critical defects and 42 non-critical defects.

The inspections focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment, including wheels and brakes. The teams also performed hazardous materials inspections to ensure that all equipment is in line with regulations, including valves, valve closures and placards that identify the cargo being shipped. They also checked tank car inspection and pressure test dates. During the inspections, two types of defects are identified: critical and non-critical. Critical defects identify important maintenance issues that must be addressed immediately, but do not necessarily indicate safety lapses. Non-critical rail defects must be repaired within 30 days. All tank car defects must be fixed before the train departs the yard. If that is not possible, the affected car must be pulled from the train to await repair.



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