Bridge problem forces suspension of San José-Curridabat train service

The valley train line has another problem. The rail institute said Monday that service is being suspended between the Estación Pacífico and Curridabat due to a derailment.

In fact, the bigger problem is the collapse of rail ties on a bridge over a roadway near the Tribunales de Justicia. The ties are wooden and have had many years of service. Workmen were pulling up the rails and removing the ties Monday afternoon.

Much of the right-of-way elsewhere has been rebuilt with concrete ties.

Service on the Heredia line is not affected, said the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, a state agency.

The valley line last had problems when land near the railway collapsed into a deep hole in Plaza Víques.  There also was a similar problem near the rail line on the Heredia route when a hole opened up adjacent to the track.

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