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LIRR: Early delays won't affect evening rush

Commuters crowd platform at the Ronkonkoma station Thursday

Commuters crowd platform at the Ronkonkoma station Thursday morning as dozens of Long Island Rail Road trains, westbound systemwide, were being delayed after a "non-passenger train" became disabled west of Jamaica Station, the railroad said. (Aug. 15, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

About 50 Long Island Rail Road trains were delayed as long as 66 minutes -- and one was canceled -- after a nonpassenger train became disabled for more than 11/2 hours Thursday west of Jamaica Station, a railroad spokesman said.

The incident affected more than one-third of the 141 morning rush-hour trains operated by the railroad, but it will not affect the evening rush, spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

The incident, which involved a train that had just discharged its passengers, breaking down at the interlocking just west of Jamaica, occurred at 7:10 a.m., Donovan said.

It affected trains on every branch except for the Port Washington Branch.

Most trains were delayed between 30 and 40 minutes.

The disabled train was finally moved by another engine at 8:49 a.m., Donovan said. It was taken to a yard maintenance shop, where work crews were attempting to figure out what caused the breakdown.

Service to Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside was affected during the incident -- trains bypassing Kew Gardens and Forest Hills; Woodside accessible only by Port Washington trains -- service that was later restored. New York City Transit cross-honored fares on the E and 7 subway lines during the incident, officials said.

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