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Posted at 1:53 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Disabled train delays MARC

By Michael D. Bolden

2:48 p.m. Update: MARC 424 is operating about 20 minutes late approaching Seabrook, according to the MTA.

2:40 p.m. Update:Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said a diesel is on the scene to move the disabled Acela.

Kulm said that about 12:25 p.m. Acela 2164 en route to Boston lost all power about four miles south of Baltimore Penn Station. The train was carrying 179 passengers, who were transferred to Northeast Regional Train 176 en route to Boston, he said.

Trains were single-tracking through the area, which caused train congestion.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this caused," Kulm said.

2:14 p.m. Update: MTA spokesman Terry Owens said "a dead Acela train is causing problems for us." Delays are running about an hour in both directions, he said.

Owens was unsure how the problem would affect the evening commute.

"We are monitoring the situation and adjusting on the fly," he said.

We are checking with Amtrak for more details.

2:08 p.m. Update: MARC 429 is operating 25 minutes late due to the disabled Amtrak train, the Maryland Transit Administration says.

Original post: MARC is reporting that a disabled Amtrak train is causing severe problems on the Penn Line. So far MARC has canceled trains 422, 427 and 431.

The Penn Line connects Washington and northeastern Maryland through Baltimore.

Check back for more details.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 19, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, MARC  
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