The elevated section of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad where four train cars tumbled off the tracks during Monday’s storm re-opened about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a railroad official said.
Engineers found no structural damage to the trestle, which leads trains away from the Huey P. Long Bridge in Elmwood, the official said, adding that minor repairs to some guard rails and other parts of the bridge should be wrapped up “in the next few days.”
The tracks were reopened with the help of a Texas-based company called Hulcher Services, which specializes in train derailments. Several cars derailed without falling off the bridge, the official said, and those had to be put back on the rails and moved off the railroad.
The company is expected to be done removing the rail cars that did fall either Tuesday or Wednesday, said Jeff DeGraff, a spokesman for Union Pacific, whose cargo train was involved in Monday’s derailment.