Switch fire still delays Metro-North trains

Metro-North employees worked to begin repairs on a wayside signal switching house in Cos Cob, Connecticut, following a fire there on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin)
Metro-North employees worked to begin repairs on a wayside signal switching house in Cos Cob, Connecticut, following a fire there on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It could take several weeks to fix a control panel that caught fire over the weekend, which is causing delays on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.

The control panel lets Metro-North switch trains to one of four tracks. Because of Saturday’s fire in Cos Cob, only two tracks can be used between Stamford and Port Chester, New York, rather than the three normally used for peak trains.

Metro-North employees worked to begin repairs on a wayside signal switching house in Cos Cob, Connecticut, following a fire there on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin)
Metro-North employees worked to begin repairs on a wayside signal switching house in Cos Cob, Connecticut, following a fire there on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (Photo & caption: MTA / Patrick Cashin)

The problem is causing delays of up to ten minutes, but that’s not the only concern for the MTA.

The fire has also eliminated the ability of the railroad to operate trains around problems should they arise in this area. Rescue locomotives will be on standby to assist should any train become disabled.

A new temporary panel will be installed in the next few weeks, and work on a long-term replacement is underway.

More information: MTA.info

Photos: Flickr.com

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