RAIL BRIEFS

RAIL BRIEFS

Amtrak, Neb. Disagree

On Cause of Car FireOMAHA, Neb. - An Amtrak official disagreed with Nebraska authorities on the cause of a fire in a crew car on Amtrak's California Zephyr that killed one man and injured 19 people.

Nebraska Deputy State Fire Marshal Chuck Hoffman said Saturday that an electrical short in a heater ignited the wooden floor of a crew car. State Fire Marshal Wally Barnett said the wiring showed wear and tear.

However, Amtrak investigators found no evidence of an electrical short in the heater, said John Jacobsen, an Amtrak spokesman.

New Bridge for LIRR

Arrives From Miss.

JAMAICA, N.Y. - A new bridge for the Long Island Rail Road has arrived from Mississippi. The span will replace an aging swing bridge at Reynolds Channel which often get stuck, halting commuter train or boat traffic.

The new bridge is actually the former Placida Bridge and was bought by LIRR for $475,000.

Placida Bridge spanned Gasparilla Sound linking Placida, Fla., with Boca Grande Island. Placida Bridge became available when Seaboard Coastline Railroad (now part of CSX Transportation) abandoned freight service to Boca Grande.

EL Says Ruling Denies

Recovery to Claimants

CLEVELAND - Erie Lackawanna Inc. said a decision issued last Friday by a federal court in Cleveland denies recovery to post-consummation claimants against Erie Lackawanna Railway Co.

Those claimants brought action after the railroad filed its reorganization plan in 1982. The claims were mostly for asbestos-related disease or other occupational diseases claimants allege did not become manifest until after 1982.