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Big Red Line delays

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9 A.M. UPDATE:

There are now delays on the Orange Line as well due to a train malfunction at West Falls Church. Expect problems heading to New Carrollton.

8:13 A.M. UPDATE:

The Red Line train's brakes locked up, according to Lisa Farbstein. That occurred at around 7:35 a.m.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

A Red Line train experienced "mechanical difficulties" and had to be taken out of service earlier this morning, said Lisa Farbstein, a Metro spokeswoman. Farbstein couldn't elaborate on what the mechanical difficulty was, but said it was not a train fire, as we heard earlier this morning.

The train was heading inbound on the eastern end of the Red Line when it had mechanical problems near the Brookland station and needed to be taken off of the line.

Riders can expect residual delays on the Red Line, but they shouldn't last through the end of the morning rush, Farbstein said.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE
Metro just Tweeted that the Red Line disruption has been cleared. We have calls into Metro but have not heard back yet. Nothing on their Web site (nor their Tweets) so far says anything about a train fire, only referring to a "train malfunction" on the Red Line. So we don't have any confirmation that a fire is what occurred. Riders, let us know in the comments below what you see and hear!

ORIGINAL POST:
Metro just announced a train malfunction outside of the Brookland station, causing delays on the Red Line in both directions. We're seeing reports via Twitter about big delays caused by a Red Line train fire in the direction of Shady Grove. We'll post more information for you as soon as we get it.

By Mark Berman  | November 16, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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Empty train pulled into Silver Spring around 7:05 am. We loaded, waited 5 minutes and were unloaded.

You heard the hiss of the pneumatic brakes attempting to release but when the train attempted to move forward it could only move an inch or two. This was attempted several times before it finally left the station.

After boarding the next train and several start and stops between station, when we arrived at Ft. Totten, the train operator announced we would hold due a train ahead experiencing a small fire. A customer who had gotten on at Takoma, reported that the brakes had been smoking heavily as the disabled train made its way through that station.

As we neared Brookland, a train behind us, passed us on the northbound tracks and left the station headed south before we departed. Sirens could be heard in the background, but it may have been unrelated as I never saw the disabled train.

Trains were packed into Metro Center where I disembarked.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Empty train pulled into Silver Spring around 7:05 am. We loaded, waited 5 minutes and were unloaded.

You heard the hiss of the pneumatic brakes attempting to release but when the train attempted to move forward it could only move an inch or two. This was attempted several times before it finally left the station.

After boarding the next train and several start and stops between station, when we arrived at Ft. Totten, the train operator announced we would hold due a train ahead experiencing a small fire. A customer who had gotten on at Takoma, reported that the brakes had been smoking heavily as the disabled train made its way through that station.

As we neared Brookland, a train behind us, passed us on the northbound tracks and left the station headed south before we departed. Sirens could be heard in the background, but it may have been unrelated as I never saw the disabled train.

Trains were packed into Metro Center where I disembarked.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Empty train pulled into Silver Spring around 7:05 am. We loaded, waited 5 minutes and were unloaded.

You heard the hiss of the pneumatic brakes attempting to release but when the train attempted to move forward it could only move an inch or two. This was attempted several times before it finally left the station.

After boarding the next train and several start and stops between station, when we arrived at Ft. Totten, the train operator announced we would hold due a train ahead experiencing a small fire. A customer who had gotten on at Takoma, reported that the brakes had been smoking heavily as the disabled train made its way through that station.

As we neared Brookland, a train behind us, passed us on the northbound tracks and left the station headed south before we departed. Sirens could be heard in the background, but it may have been unrelated as I never saw the disabled train.

Trains were packed into Metro Center where I disembarked.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the triple post. Computer issue.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 16, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Today on the Red Line (Rockville to Dupont Circle) was more crowded than I've ever seen Metro before - and I've seen it plenty crowded. The isles were full of people even when the train pulled into Rockville, and every station had hordes more people waiting. It was like sardines inside the car. No idea what's going on, but it sure makes for a lot of squished and unhappy Metro riders.

Posted by: ewlk2 | November 16, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I was riding from Bethesda to Dupont around 8:30-8:45 and my train was offloaded at Woodley Park. The train was jam-packed, as was every train after ours. Only a handful of people were able to get on with each train. I finally got on the 5th train - ridiculous! What I don't understand is why Metro employees find it appropriate to yell at those of us who are left stranded on the platform. Every driver kept yelling "there's a train directly behind this one!" but every train was packed like sardines. The station manager was also berating the mob for who knows what. Nobody was angry or making a scene, so I'm not sure why she found it so important to reprimand us for standing on the platform.

Posted by: nativetexan2 | November 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I was also on the offloaded train at Woodley Park. When the operater told us to get off the train, he repeatedly flicked the lights on and off. Finally, he didn't turn the lights back on -- even though people were still getting off the train. His behavior was offensive.

The platform, as a result of the offloading, was oppressively crowded. I dealt w/the situation by boarding a Shady Grove train and backtracking to Tenleytown. As result, the ride to Union Station was OK, but that begs the question: Why should a rider need to backtrack, further delaying a commute, in the first place?

I noticed that there were no Grosvenor trains this a.m. -- at least around 8-8:30. Metro provided no notice that trains weren't short turning -- at least for a significant part of rush hour.

Posted by: RockvilleBear | November 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Backtrack or die. Or do you believe in Slavery?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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