Train rail cars finally removed in Greece neighborhood

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GREECE, N.Y. — We have an update for you about a story we first brought you last week, about a set of train cars that were parked behind several homes on MacArthur Road in Greece. People say the graffiti-covered cars were there for three weeks.

News10NBC’s Patrick Moussignac got the update many homeowners had been waiting for. His story aired last Tuesday night, and by Wednesday afternoon the rail cars were gone.

“I’m relieved. I’m finally getting to see the foliage. When you don’t have much, every little bit of nice counts, right?,” said Heather Dwyer.

Dwyer is happy again now that she no longer sees a set of train cars blocking the view beyond her backyard. For three weeks the cars were left behind her home.

“This section of track lies between two busy intersections. It was never zoned to be a parking rail yard, and to my knowledge that hasn’t changed,” said Dwyer.

The train, and the track it sat on, belongs to Rochester and Southern Railroad. Dwyer called the company but couldn’t get any answers, so she contacted News10NBC, and reporter Patrick Moussignac contacted the City of Rochester. Kelvin Knight, administrator of the Northwest Service Center for the city, reached out to the state Department of Transportation.

“New York State Department of Transportation actually made a couple calls out to the railroad company, and they were able to make contact with the railroad company, and the railroad company reportedly was able to make those train cars disappear,” said Knight.

He went on to say the cars were moved further down the rail line. A problem that started with a complaint ended with a positive outcome.

“I don’t think they did it simply because of my concern. I think your publicity had a lot to do with it, but I have had an outpouring of thanks from my neighbors,” said Dwyer.

News10NBC contacted the state DOT to find out where the rail cars are right now. Their spokesman is still trying to find out where the rail cars were taken.