As part of the Infrastructure Renewal work at New York Penn Station, Amtrak brought in special equipment including heavy-duty cranes that can lift 125 tons of materials. Amtrak crews use the cranes to lift old sections of track and switches, called panels, and replace them with new panels. The new equipment will support the more than 1,300 daily train movements at New York Penn Station, America’s busiest train station.
The Infrastructure Renewal work accelerates years of already planned improvement of track, switch and other infrastructure at Penn Station to improve track conditions. The work is taking place in A Interlocking, which serves as the critical sorting mechanism routing trains that enter and exit Penn Station from the Hudson River Tunnel and the Long Island Rail Road’s West Side Yard to the various station tracks and platforms. A Interlocking work includes total track and switch renewal work.