Some train delays on Amtrak as crews deal with derailment

Updated 8:14 a.m.

Amtrak said it temporarily suspended service just before 8 a.m. between Baltimore and Washington as crews with a crane worked to remove part of a train that derailed Monday night. The work created delays for commuters of between 30 minutes and 60 minutes.

The rail line has reopened, but there are residual delays on Amtrak of up to 30 minutes as congestion clears, according to Amtrak officials.

In addition, the Penn line of the MARC commuter rail system has received an extra set of equipment at West Baltimore to deal with passengers heading south to Washington. There was an earlier shortage of equipment there. MARC riders may also experience some delays, officials said.

Original post at 6:56 a.m.

Amtrak said commuters should not have any major delays Tuesday morning after a derailment Monday night, even though crews are still working to get part of a train back on the tracks and out of narrow tunnel under Baltimore.

Steve Kulm, an Amtrak spokesman, said Tuesday morning that crews are “in the process of re-railing the train” and other trains are sharing a track to get around the derailed train. He said he did not know when the derailed train would be removed from the tunnel but he expects it to happen Tuesday morning.

On Monday around 7 p.m., part of a train derailed in the B&P tunnel that is along the heavily traveled rail line between Baltimore and Washington. The derailment halted much of the evening’s rail service. Buses were provided for passengers. By 9:30 p.m., some service was restored.

The train that derailed is a Silver Meteor, which runs between Miami and New York. At the time of the incident, it was carrying 158 passengers.

Amtrak officials said the lead wheels of the train left the tracks but the passenger cars remained upright and on the rails. The cause of the derailment is unknown.

The tunnel is 140 years old and carries two tracks. It is regarded as a major bottleneck between New York and Washington.

 

 

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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