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Amtrak service resumes between D.C. and Philadelphia

Last Updated: 5:25 p.m.

Amtrak officials said service has been restored between Washington and Philadelphia.

Amtrak spokesman Craig Schultz said that trains are running but at reduced speeds. He said passengers could experience delays of one to two hours. Passengers with concerns about their trip should contact 1-800-USA-RAIL.


Steve Gluckman of Potomac was on an Acela train from New York’s Penn Station to Washington’s Union Station when an announcement was made that they were holding there indefinitely. The initial announcement suggested that riders consider renting a car or boarding a bus to continue their trip.

“It really sounded like we’d be here for the rest of the day,” Gluckman said by phone.

Riders have been told that one track has reopened between Baltimore and Washington, Gluckman said, so trains are going to run but will still encounter delays.

The Maryland Transit Administration said that MARC service between Washington and Baltimore would not be affected, but all Penn Line trains north of Baltimore would terminate at Martin Airport or Edgewood on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Buses will be used to get riders to the Aberdeen and Perryville stations. [5:25 P.M. Update: The MTA now says MARC trains can run all the way through to Aberdeen and Perryville, but delays of 10 to 15 minutes are possible.]

Amtrak service had been halted between Washington and Philadelphia due to damage to overhead wires, the rail agency announced on Wednesday afternoon. The issue involved damage to the overhead wires of the electrical system, according to Amtrak.

Spokesman Craig Schulz said the damage occurred about 10:30 a.m. in Cecil County in northeastern Maryland. He called the damage extensive and said a crew was working to make repairs as quickly as possible.

He said it was not clear yet what caused the damage, which caused delays for passengers on Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other services.

Lori Aratani contributed to this story.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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