NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Long Island Rail Road riders can expect at least one more day of delays and cancellations after a train derailment earlier this week.
“We have completed the task of replacing 1,600 damaged concrete ties, which is one major step. The next step facing our crews is to work overnight and all through tomorrow and, perhaps, into the weekend, to replace and restore 3,700 feet of electrified third rail,” LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan told WCBS 880 on Thursday afternoon.
Specialized machinery was used to dig up the damaged concrete ties.
“It is an enormous effort as you can see when you’re replacing that many concrete tie panels,” LIRR President Helena Williams told reporters including WCBS 880’s Jim Smith earlier Thursday.
Williams said weekend service will not be affected as repairs and testing are finished.