11:36 a.m. UPDATE - NJ Transit Gladstone Branch -Service restored in both directions as of 12:30 p.m.  The first WESTBOUND train is #419 from Hoboken to Gladstone. The first EASTBOUND train is the #242 from Gladstone to Hoboken.

Full service  will be in effect for the afternoon commute.

Tickets will still be cross-honored on Lakeland buses to the Port Authority. Riders can catch the M&E from Denville or Summit.

 

NEWARK — Service on NJ Transit's Gladstone Branch remained suspended on Thursday morning to repair a retaining wall near the Summit station.

The problem was discovered Wednesday morning when Gladstone Branch #6410, a Midtown Direct train headed for New York Penn Station, was stopped and inspected after a loud bang was heard around 7:25 a.m., according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

Service was suspended on the Gladstone Branch at the start of the Wednesday afternoon commute.

The train crew inspected the train and discovered one of the eight cars on the train had damaged rubber window seals, and a second car had scrapes to its side. Passengers were moved off the cars and continued their into New York.

NJ Transit is not providing alternative bus service for Gladstone riders on Thursday morning. The agency suggested riders go to Denville or Summit to catch the Morris & Essex line, or the Raritan Valley Line from Bridgewater or Somerville.

Gladstone rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored on all other rail lines. They will also be cross-honored on Lakeland buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Seating will be limited seats available on the buses, according to NJ Transit.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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