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So it's  8:06 pm, and I'm sitting in the dark on NER 186 a little south of milepost 99 somewhere between BWI and West Baltimore. we were going great and then the lights went out and we coasted to a stop.  Announcement made that we were having mechanical problems...I'm in first car and crew hanging out were talking about how the couldn't keep the circuit breaker closed.

Lights went back on for a moment, and then went off again.  Sounds like the conductor was calling Tech Support (at Siemens?) and was given some codes, presumably for the engineer.  Nice chilly night, reporting 12F at BWI.  So far the coach is still warm, but I hope they get this fixed or offload us into a rescue train soon!

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15 minutes ago, MARC Rider said:

SSo far the coach is still warm, but I hope they get this fixed or offload us into a rescue train soon!

It's almost there and will chase you in case.

Edited by Thirdrail7

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Hm, Amtrak just said on Twitter you would be going on 2128 but then immediately deleted that tweet.

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2 minutes ago, john h said:

Shouldn't they just be able to just hook up the new locomotive and not have to offload?

It's a little more complicated then that. ;) 

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10 minutes ago, Thirdrail7 said:

It's almost there and will chase you in case.

The Acela just passed us, the lights are back on, and they've going to take us to Baltimore, where I get off, and put everyone going further on to the Acela.

We're off!

Nor going too fast, but at least we're moving.

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7 minutes ago, Bex said:

Hm, Amtrak just said on Twitter you would be going on 2128 but then immediately deleted that tweet.

They livened up the engine so a transfer isn't necessary....yet.

6 minutes ago, john h said:

Shouldn't they just be able to just hook up the new locomotive and not have to offload?

Did you read the temperature?   Assuming there is a crew, it would take almost an hour minutes to get the nearest rescue engine to the train...and that is just to arrive, not hook it up and cable it up to HEP.  2128 is much closer.

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What happened with passengers bound for Aberdeen? Acela can't stop because it's not a high-level platform.

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On 2/8/2019 at 3:11 AM, daybeers said:

What happened with passengers bound for Aberdeen? Acela can't stop because it's not a high-level platform.

They had to go up in the station and wait for the northbound Palmetto.

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