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MBTA restores Worcester Line following derailment

On Dec. 26, one rail car derailed in an upright position near Lansdowne Station and caused track damage.
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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) last week resumed regular service on the Worcester Line following a Dec. 26 derailment that damaged track.

Crews from MBTA and its operating partner Keolis Commuter Services repaired rail, ties and switches on the line to restore regular service between Boston and Worcester, MBTA officials said in a press release.

On Dec. 26, one rail car derailed in an upright position near Lansdowne Station. Findings from an MBTA, Keolis and Federal Railroad Administration investigation suggest that the derailment occurred when train crews allowed the train to pass through a switch that was not properly aligned. 

No passengers were onboard the coach car that derailed, and there were no injuries.

Following the incident, MBTA issued special instructions to its train crews to increase awareness around the rules governing manual switch operations. Crews now are inspecting all systems on similar track infrastructure across the network.

MBTA and Keolis also plan to enhance training for conductors and engineers, including additional hands-on switch training and an expanded skills assessment program. 

Additional track work remains ongoing to restore one crossing damaged during the derailment.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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