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December 17, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fifth and final vinyl-chloride train car was removed from the East Jefferson Street Bridge derailment site in Paulsboro, officials said Sunday. Cleanup is progressing steadily under the direction of five agencies working together as a "unified command," Coast Guard spokesman Nick Ameen said. Ameen said the railcars were being secured on a barge in Mantua Creek. The bridge must now undergo repairs and inspection before returning to operation. "Once the bridge is deemed safe, that's when they'll be rewheeling the cars on the track," he said.
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December 13, 2012 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Work crews used a 150-ton crane Tuesday to remove a tank car that was breached and leaked its toxic contents when it fell into the Mantua Creek off a failed Conrail bridge in Paulsboro on Nov. 30. The car, one of four that ended up in the water and the first to be retrieved, was carrying vinyl chloride in liquid form, some of which escaped into the air as a gas and forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents for days. Cleanup crews finally removed the chemical from the car a week ago, and most of the evacuees were allowed to return Friday after officials determined that the air in the area was no longer contaminated.
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December 8, 2012 | By Andrew Seidman and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Coast Guard said cleanup crews have removed all traces of vinyl chloride from a freight-train tanker that fell off a bridge and breached last Friday, and that the hazardous chemical has not been detected in the atmosphere in Paulsboro since Tuesday afternoon. But Coast Guard Capt. Kathy Moore, at a news conference, would not specify when the hundreds of evacuees could expect to return home, though she previously set Sunday as the target date. And even as workers made progress in the cleanup effort, three local congressmen held a news conference Thursday morning to say they would investigate the accident.
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June 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA police officer was captured on video shoving an alleged fare evader by the throat into a subway train's wall - while the man holds his toddler daughter. The video, recorded on a transit authority camera in a westbound Market-Frankford El train Thursday, was played for reporters at an afternoon news conference held by SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. Nestel said that his department "doesn't teach people to do that" and that an internal investigation had been launched.
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July 5, 1987 | By Fawn Vrazo, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was just another train ride across a piece of America. If it had gone as planned, most of the travelers today would be joining the millions of anonymous illegal immigrants picking crops, cooking restaurant food and digging ditches in Texas and states beyond. But a series of mistakes and unforeseen mishaps turned a routine trip into a horrifying nightmare and left 18 men dead. Almost from the start of their journey, Border Patrol officials have concluded, the 18 Mexicans found lifeless Thursday inside a Union Pacific freight car here may have been doomed.
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October 22, 1991 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
Ed Rendell may only be running for mayor, but he'll climax his campaign by whistle-stopping through the city in presidential style. Rendell's campaign has gotten hold of the train car used by President Harry Truman in 1948. More recently, the car was used by President Ronald Reagan, whose Republican urban policies have been sharply criticized by Rendell. On Nov. 3, the Sunday before the election, Rendell will ride the rails on the R8 commuter line starting at the Chestnut Hill station at 12:30 p.m. He'll hit the Market Street East, Wayne Junction and Fox Chase stations, with rallies at each stop.
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January 19, 2012
PATCO rail commuters will soon have their own "quiet car. " Following the lead of Amtrak, SEPTA, and other transit agencies that have prohibited cell-phone use or loud conversation in one train car, PATCO will designate the last car in each of its trains as a quiet car on weekdays, starting March 1. The quiet-car experiment will last three months, and if it is well-received, the designation will be made permanent, PATCO general manager John...
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November 4, 2009 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Sue Snyder, and Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Calling it the "catastrophe that wasn't," SEPTA officials said the fire that engulfed a R5 Paoli train car packed with passengers this morning was in no way suspicious or criminal. "All the potentials and the numbers were there for a really horrific instance," said Richard Maloney, SEPTA spokesman. "We ended up with a bad fire and a lot of people that were very badly shaken. " The smokey fire broke out about 7 a.m. on the train's first car as it train left the Overbrook station in West Philadelphia.
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May 24, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 11-year-old boy who was electrocuted Saturday while climbing on a SEPTA commuter train had apparently walked into a North Philadelphia rail yard after leaving a neighborhood block party. Jewel Angelo, of the 300 block of West Albanus Street, was found dead on the ground near two trains at the Wayne Electric facility Sunday morning. He was apparently killed Saturday evening around 7 p.m. after he climbed atop a train car and touched a rooftop pantograph, which carries 11,000 volts of electricity from overhead lines to power the train, SEPTA assistant general manager James B. Jordan said Monday.
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February 21, 2013
A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by the estate of a Delaware man who died last May when a roll of newsprint about to be unloaded from a train car at the Inquirer and Daily News printing plant in Upper Merion fell on him. The suit was filed on behalf of Sarah Troester of Wilmington, administrator of the estate of her husband, Jefferson. He was an assistant engineer employed by Arcellor-Mittal Railways Inc. at the time of his death, according to the lawsuit.
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June 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA police officer was captured on video shoving an alleged fare evader by the throat into a subway train's wall - while the man holds his toddler daughter. The video, recorded on a transit authority camera in a westbound Market-Frankford El train Thursday, was played for reporters at an afternoon news conference held by SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. Nestel said that his department "doesn't teach people to do that" and that an internal investigation had been launched.
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May 29, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael A. Ferrara was born in 1916 and grew up on Christian Street near Ninth, when South Philadelphia still had the flavor of its immigrant Italian families. "His father had a bakery in the house, an oven in the basement," Mr. Ferrara's daughter, JoAnn Ferrara Waity, said. Mr. Ferrara's father produced bread and rolls, Waity said, "and with the dough my grandmother would make tomato pies. " When Mr. Ferrara was a child in the 1920s, she said, his Sicilian parents - Mariano and Josephine - delivered their baked goods house-to-house with a horse and wagon.
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May 22, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first six railcars to be rebuilt as part of the $194 million program to upgrade PATCO's entire 120-car fleet will return to service next Thursday, officials said Wednesday. The Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees PATCO, deemed the cars acceptable May 8 after a lengthy delay because of problems with communications, automatic train control, and propulsion and braking systems. The DRPA already has two more cars that will soon be put into service and two more ready to ship from Alstom Transport Inc. in Hornell, N.Y. The authority hired Alstom in 2010 to rebuild the 40-year-old fleet, deciding that buying new cars was too expensive.
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December 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The SEPTA officers went to Hahnemann University Hospital on Friday bearing gifts fit for a baby born on the Market-Frankford El: a T-shirt with a SEPTA logo and a stuffed train car. Yanjin Li recognized them immediately. "I remember you!" she exclaimed as they walked into the room. On Christmas, Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James sprung into action as Li went into labor on a train at 15th and Market Streets - and helped deliver a healthy baby boy now named, fittingly, Chris.
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January 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Mike Austin knew it was bad when his cellphone buzzed after 12:30 a.m. Quickly, he scribbled notes and called a coworker: "Train derailment. Seven cars. It's on a bridge. I'm going to need help. " Then he hopped into his white Chevrolet Suburban and drove 21/2 hours from a sleepy Baltimore suburb toward Philadelphia, to which derailment experts from around the country were being summoned. Their task: Remove tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil and more than 1.8 million pounds of train cars from atop the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.
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January 23, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County woman abandoned her car in front of an oncoming train Tuesday after getting stuck under a lowered crossing gate in Royersford, the police said. The gate came down on Victoria Campbell's Ford Focus at about 12:22 p.m. as she was inching over the Main Street crossing, said Thomas Nerlinger, the Royersford acting police chief. Nerlinger, who happened to be a few vehicles back at the crossing, said the conductor was unable to stop the 50-car freight train before it collided with the car. "I saw the gate fly up and then a big puff of snow," he said.
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December 16, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
With new lights, colors, and digital displays, No. 1047 looks terrific on the inside. Outside, its silvery skin also gleams. The 45-year-old PATCO car has undergone more than a cosmetic makeover; a recent $1.6 million overhaul includes new or rebuilt electronic, mechanical, and other systems. But even though the undercarriage - wheels, gearbox, and other components - have been rehabilitated, they're the originals from 1968, when the car was built by the Budd Co. in Philadelphia. And even refurbishing the entire 120-car fleet (that's the $195 million project)
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May 19, 2013 | By Susan Haigh, Associated Press
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Two commuter trains serving New York City crashed in Connecticut during Friday's evening rush hour, sending 60 people to the hospital, including five critically injured and one very critically injured, Gov. Dannel Malloy said. There were no reports of fatalities. The Metro-North Railroad, a commuter line serving the northern suburbs, referred in a news release to a "major derailment" near Fairfield, just outside Bridgeport. It said emergency workers were at the scene of the accident, shortly after 6 p.m. "We're most concerned about the injured and ultimately reopening the system," Malloy said from the scene about three hours after the crash.
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February 21, 2013
A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by the estate of a Delaware man who died last May when a roll of newsprint about to be unloaded from a train car at the Inquirer and Daily News printing plant in Upper Merion fell on him. The suit was filed on behalf of Sarah Troester of Wilmington, administrator of the estate of her husband, Jefferson. He was an assistant engineer employed by Arcellor-Mittal Railways Inc. at the time of his death, according to the lawsuit.
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December 17, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fifth and final vinyl-chloride train car was removed from the East Jefferson Street Bridge derailment site in Paulsboro, officials said Sunday. Cleanup is progressing steadily under the direction of five agencies working together as a "unified command," Coast Guard spokesman Nick Ameen said. Ameen said the railcars were being secured on a barge in Mantua Creek. The bridge must now undergo repairs and inspection before returning to operation. "Once the bridge is deemed safe, that's when they'll be rewheeling the cars on the track," he said.
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