• Need a lift? NY set to auction rail cars


    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to auction off surplus train cars and other rail equipment from a failed project to improve service between Albany and New York City.

    The state Office of General Services says train parts will be sold Tuesday in Rotterdam and the rail cars on Thursday in Scotia.

    It has already sold $65,000 in equipment on eBay, where the surplus items will continue to be listed until this week's auctions.

    The state bought the trains and related gear in 1998 to provide higher-speed service along the Hudson River, but the project was scrapped because of problems. The OGS says storing the equipment has been costing the state $150,000 a year.

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