Rail service restored: CSX

FONDA – CSX says it has restored rail service after last week’s freight-train derailment in the town of Mohawk.

“CSX continues to work on clearing the material and equipment involved in last Thursday’s … derailment in Fonda, N.Y. Rail service was restored on the line Saturday afternoon. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation,” the company said in a release.

Meanwhile, Amtrak service west of Albany is almost back to normal after being interrupted by the derailment.

CSX railroad crews and contractors worked around the clock to clear wreckage and replace damaged tracks after the derailment Thursday morning.

Four locomotives and 45 freight cars derailed after two trains going in opposite directions sideswiped each other, authorities said.

Two people working on one of the trains received minor injuries, officials said.

The accident forced the closure of a 12-mile stretch of Route 5. One of the train cars slid onto the highway.

Amtrak service was disrupted by the accident, with several trains canceled and others operating with alternate transportation between Albany and Buffalo.

Amtrak says it’s working to restore full service by today. On Monday, the Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains 281 and 284 will operate through the affected area, subject to delays.

Empire Service trains 280 and 283 will have chartered buses taking passengers between Albany and Syracuse.

One of the trains in Thursday’s derailment was traveling from Avon, Ind., to Selkirk, Albany County, with four locomotives and 126 freight cars. The other train was moving from Selkirk to New Castle, Pa., with two locomotives and 83 freight cars.