Thursday, May 25, 2006
From Washington D.C. to New York City, trains powered by overhead electric lines stalled for more than two hours due to what Amtrak called a "major power outage." While working to restore power, Amtrak attempted to provide alternative transportation in the form of diesel locomotives and buses. Power was restored at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Delays continued for much of the day.
Besides long-distance rail services such as Acela, local commuter trains were affected. Seven SEPTA lines in the Philadelphia area were temporarily shut down, and five more ran shortened routes. Also affected was Maryland's MARC and New Jersey Transit.
No specific cause has been reported, but Amtrak's site indicates that they are investigating.
== Sources ==
"Trains in northeast come to a halt" — The Associated Press, May 25, 2006Chris Dolmetsch. "Northeast Corridor Trains Suspended From New York to Washington" — Bloomberg, May 25, 2006Daniel Trotta. "Power Outage Affects Washington –NY trains" — Reuters, May 25, 2006 "Service Alert: Service Restored in Northeast Corridor" — amtrack.com, May 25, 2006