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Inside the Hudson Rail Tunnel: Decay, Water and a Power Puzzle

Fixes aren’t quick in a commuter-rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River. Not when the crew is diverted to a more pressing repair. Not when 300 feet of faulty power cable is pulled from its housing and another 100 feet won’t budge.

Should Amtrak, the national railroad, invite you to watch, know this: All the detergent on Earth won’t get the soot and grease from your clothes, and by the time you hear an engineer warn about the occasional 15-foot waterfall, you’re already wet. And smelly.