Amtrak Resumes Normal Service at Penn Station Following Summer Repairs

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 September 2019
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Amtrak announced the completion of a $30 million infrastructure project at Penn Station.  The summer-long project resulted in changes in schedules for dozens of Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ Transit trains.

The work, which included the complete renewal of the JO railroad interlocking at the east end of the station, included the complete track replacement of all switches on the east end of Tracks 14, 15, and 16.  This included the replacement of all signaling systems and cables that interfaced with this equipment.An interlocking is an arrangement of signal apparatus that prevents conflicting movements through an arrangement of tracks such as junctions or crossings.  Aninterlockingis designed so that it is impossible to display a signal to proceed unless the route to be used is proven safe.

During the course of the work, which started in late June, the railroad replaced all third rail and power cables, repainted the platforms, and installed new LED lighting at the JO interlocking and under the platforms.

Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ Transit trains ride on the JO interlocking to travel in and out of Penn Station.

The work had affectedeight Amtrak trains including the Northeast Regional 110 from Washington, D.C. to New York, and the 127 from New York to Washington, which were cancelled.  All eight will resume normal schedules on Tuesday.

It also affected 14 Long Island Rail Road trains that had been canceled or rerouted and which will return to Penn Station on Tuesday, as well as some New Jersey Transit trains that will also resume normal schedules.

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