Trains Moving Again After Sunday Derailment Near Station Square

The vital track services up to 50 percent of the U.S. population

Larry Richert and John Shumway
August 08, 2018 - 1:04 pm
Train Derailment Near Station Square in Pittsburgh

Ron Ahern for KDKA Radio


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - After a big train derailment on Sunday near Station Square, trains are once again moving through the area.

Rudy Husband, Norfolk Southern Resident Vice President for Norfolk Southern, tells the KDKA Radio Morning News they started running trains at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning on their main line.

“We’re going to continue to pump trains through there and we’ll also continue the cleanup on the Port Authority property,” said Husband.

Husband adds that line is critical to Norfolk Southern.

“The Mon line is really part of our main artery between metropolitan New York City and Chicago. So we are running all of our premium intermodal traffic and that’s your clothing, stuff you order from Amazon, electronics, food, it’s all coming through there.”

Up to 50 percent of the population of the United States is serviced through the Mon line.

Husband says they have dealt with derailments before, though they are not usually this large, so once they get the proper equipment in they can clear the tracks faster than what some may expect.

Norfolk Southern has also offered to help Port Authority with track repairs with a plan expected to be in place when the last of the debris is removed from the T tracks.