This past week the testing of some of the new additions added in July unfortunately resulted in a major derailment on the upper level tracks at Empire City. Fortunately there were only minor injuries reported and the damage was minimal.
An investigation into the train derailment was conducted by the FRA and it was determined that the newly painted PC reefer 229007 jumped the tracks at a switch point, separated from and derailed a Great Northern reefer in front of it. The train continued on at which time the GN reefer's wheels caught on another switch point causing the GN car to topple over and separating the seven cars in front of it from the consist. At this point the 3 engines and three remaining cars continued on until striking the caboose and derailing it and several other cars. This collision caused the reefer train cars to strike the Mail and Express train which then derailed as a result.
The reefer train engineer and conductor were both found to be at fault. Both now face disciplinary action.
PCA 229007 was examined at the New York Central Train Layout shop and found to be underweight which is believed to have been the reason for it jumping the tracks. Placed towards the middle of 22 cars the stresses on the car became too much causing the front truck to ride high and ultimately derail.