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LIRR service disruptions expected through Friday

Non-passenger train derailment damaged 3,700 feet of track

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:48 am | Updated: 11:58 am, Thu Mar 21, 2013.

Long Island Rail Road cancellations and delays caused by Monday night's derailment of a non-passenger train in Central Queens continued on Wednesday morning.

Riders should expect 11 westbound trains to be canceled, five trains that normally go to Penn Station to be diverted to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, and four trains to only go as far as Jamaica during the morning rush on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the railroad said.

During the eastbound evening rush, seven trains will be canceled and one will end its run when it reaches Jamaica.

Normally, the LIRR said, it runs 144 trains during the morning rush and 128 during the evening rush.

Off-peak schedules have not been affected.

Details on all cancellations are available at mta.info, under the "Planned Service Changes" button.

The derailment of four cars in Rego Park Monday night damaged approximately 3,700 feet of track on one of the LIRR's four main lines between Jamaica and Penn Station. Crews are working around the clock to fix the damage, the LIRR said, and have removed the four cars that went off the rails. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

"Once the damaged trains were re-railed and moved to repair shops, track crews started removing and replacing damaged track, running rail and electrified third rail," the LIRR said in its latest update on the service disruptions. "They are equipped with specialized concrete track-laying machinery that will remove and replace some 1,600 damaged concrete ties. Once the new concrete ties are in place, the running rails and third rail are then re-installed on this almost three-quarter mile stretch of track."

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