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Conn. gov.: Extra transformers for powerless rail

September 26, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says authorities will use three transformers to restore partial power to a crippled track of the nation's second-largest commuter railroad.

Malloy made the announcement Thursday at a press conference in New York City's Grand Central Terminal. He says the transformers would be brought in by New York-based utility Consolidated Edison.

Malloy says the transformers could add about 13,000 kilowatts of power. That's far less than the 100,000 kilowatts normally needed to power the Metro-North Railroad line to New Haven, Conn., which serves tens of thousands of riders in the densely populated New York City suburbs.

Malloy says officials will test the transformers to see how many trains they can power.

A high-voltage feeder cable failed Wednesday at a suburban New York station, causing hours-long delays.



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