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Metro-North looking into brake problem with new railcar

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Metro-North Railroad is investigating how a brake pad locked and flattened the wheel of one of Metro-North Railroad's new M-8 cars during a late-night run Wednesday morning between Grand Central Terminal and New Haven, railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.


The car and its matching pair were diverted to the Stamford Rail Maintenance Facility to be inspected and to review on-board computer logs on the trip and previous runs to identify what caused the malfunction, Anders said.


The two cars remained out of service Thursday, she said.


"The pads on the brake didn't disengage which caused it to heat up and get flat," Anders said. "The wheels usually go a long way so we're trying to figure out what happened."


The problem occurred on the 11:21 p.m. train from Grand Central Terminal between Rowayton and South Norwalk, Anders said.


Conductors noticed noise and an uneven ride that indicated that something was impeding the spinning of one of the wheels, Anders said.


Passengers were emptied from the train in South Norwalk and were picked up after a 90-minute layover by an outbound train to New Haven that arrived after 1 a.m., Anders said.


The remaining six cars of the M-8 train returned to the New Haven Railyard and were returned to normal service on Thursday morning, Anders said.


The railroad has 20 of the new M-8 cars in service that it ordered from Kawasaki Rail Car, and has ordered 380 of the cars which are expected to be delivered 10 to 12 cars at a time into 2013 at a cost of $866 million.


The cars are to replace the state's existing fleet of more than 320 M-2, M-4, and M-6 railcars, 70 percent of which have been in service for 40 or more years, according to the railroad.


Read more: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/default/article/Metro-North-looking-into-brake-problem-with-new-1357118.php#ixzz1KuMBb8Km

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