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NY auctions off rail cars, related equipment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York has auctioned off surplus train cars and other rail equipment from a failed project to improve service between Albany and New York City for $420,000.

The state Office of General Services tells local media outlets train parts were sold Tuesday in Rotterdam and the 20 rail cars on Thursday in Scotia.

It said previously $65,000 in equipment had been sold earlier on eBay.

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 technical problems and the inability of the tracks to support the faster trains. The OGS says storing the equipment has been costing the state $150,000 a year.