December 17, 2012 |
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.
December 13, 2012 |
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.
December 8, 2012 |
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.
July 5, 1987 |
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.
October 22, 1991 |
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.
January 29, 2016
A true raw-milk Reblochon taught me one of my first lessons about the power of great cheese. As in the power of its divine stink. My friend Spike, whose father-in-law was a renowned cheese affineur in Annecy near the French-Swiss border, once took a Reblochon so perfectly ripe on our trip to the Alps, the entire train car was afluster with its heady aroma - even though it was still inside his luggage. And it wasn't spoiled one bit. We gratinéed that washed-rind beauty over roasted potatoes for the ultimate après-ski snack.
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...
July 24, 2015 |
CASSIE JAMES' husband is getting antsy. He tells her that it's getting late, that they need to get home to their 15-year-old daughter, Danielle. "Go ahead without me," she says. "I'll just take the bus. " "You can't do that, it'll take way too long," he replies. From Center City, the couple is about an hour and some change from their Bala Cynwyd home. James, 60, who was born with spina bifida, doesn't mind the trip. To her, it's a relatively new freedom like so many other things in her life - her marriage, her child, her job, her home.
September 21, 2012 |
The parents of a 15-year-old boy sought in Wednesday's Broad Street subway shooting surrendered him to police at 5:20 this evening, authorities said. The teenager faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and other crimes, city police said at a news conference. Capt. Sharon Seaborough, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division, thanked the parents for cooperating with the police and responding swiftly. "I made the phone call to the father, and the father had his son [at Central Detectives]
May 24, 2010 |
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.