Commuters on NEC Stranded 4/11/02

rush2ny Apr 14, 2002

  1. rush2ny

    rush2ny TrainBoard Member

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    Anyone know what caused this??

    Thousands of train commuters were stranded for more than an hour during the evening commute Thursday when downed power lines halted nearly all rail service between New York City and Newark.

    The outage occurred about 5:20 p.m., said NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett. It wasn't immediately known what brought down the power lines, which serve trains running along the Northeast Corridor operated by Amtrak.

    Some New Jersey-bound trains out of New York resumed service by about 6:30 p.m.

    All Amtrak trains were halted, as well as all NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains running between New York and Newark, Hackett said.

    A message seeking comment from Amtrak was not immediately returned.
     
  2. reggierail

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    Most of the wires south of New York is, I would guess, 40 or more years old. When I speak of wires, I would include the catanery that supports them also. This is the prime reason that the train is so slow south of New York & doesn't reach it maximum speed until north of New Haven.
    Reggie
     
  3. rush2ny

    rush2ny TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks! That would be a good reason. A few weeks ago, however, a CSX freight derailed and struck the catenary and a few days after that an oversize train also struck it. I was just curious as to whether perhaps this was another incident.

    Russ
     

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