Amtrak service out of Albany suspended after warehouse structural report

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ALBANY – Amtrak service west of Albany was suspended early Friday after an engineering report on Albany’s Central Warehouse led to concerns for passing trains, officials said.

The report indicated in part that “collapse of portions of the exterior southerly wall” of the Central Warehouse is considered “imminent,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office said Friday.

“As a result, I have declared a state of emergency and we are working closely with local, state, and federal partners and engineering experts to determine the extent of the structural failure and develop a plan to ensure the safety of our residents and businesses, and get the trains running on time and interstate commerce back on track,” Sheehan said in a statement.

Amtrak issued an alert early Friday indicating it had suspended train service west of Albany due to a building issue near the tracks. A spokesman later confirmed the building to be the Central Warehouse and that the suspension was as a preventative measure to ensure everyone’s safety.

The spokesman did not have a timeline as to when service would resume.

“Due to a potential safety concern with a non-Amtrak, privately owned building located near the tracks, Empire Service West of Albany and the Lake Shore Limited are temporarily suspended. Full Amtrak service will remain between Albany and New York City,” the alert issued at midnight read.

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Tweets from the @AmtrakAlerts account have since referenced the issue, including one just after 9 a.m. announcing the cancellation of the Lake Shore Limited Train 49/449, which had been due to depart Boston Friday, due to the building issue.

The Lake Shore Limited runs through Albany, Schenectady, Amsterdam and points west.

An Amtrak spokesperson could not be immediately reached.

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