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Posted at 4:38 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Engine problem delays MARC trains

By Washington Post Editors

5:35 p.m. Update: Train 439 from Penn Station to Union Station is canceled due to earlier mechanical problems. The MTA says passengers for BWI, New Carrollton and Union Station should take Amtrak Train 85. Passengers for other stations should take Train 441 (departing at 6:25 p.m.).

5:26 p.m. Update: All trains are now on the move, according to the MTA.

5:17 p.m. Update: Sorry, MARC riders. Another problem: Train 530 is stopped between Washington and New Carrollton because an "equipment defect detector" has sounded. The MTA says the train is being inspected and there will be another seven to 10 minutes of delay. The MTA says trains 450 and 534 can be routed onto a second track and shouldn't incur additional delays.

5:08 p.m. Update: The MTA says 428 is moving at reduced speed now that power has been restored to the locomotive. It is 45 to 50 minutes late. Train 530 is 35 to 40 minutes late. Train 432 (which was scheduled to depart at 4:40 p.m.) is at Union Station waiting for congestion to clear. MTA says there will be delays to trains 450 (scheduled to depart at 5:10 ) and 534 (scheduled to depart at 5:20).

5:07 p.m. Update: Vicky says Train 428 is on the move. No official word from MARC on that.

5 p.m. Update: The MTA says it has been told that Amtrak, which operates the Penn Line, "is attempting to send a rescue train."

4:57 p.m. Update: The MTA now says all Penn Line trains "will experience significant delays" because of the problem with Train 428. Metrorail will honor MARC tickets. Just show your ticket to the Metro station manager for entrance.

4:54 p.m. Update: Vicky reports that a technician is aboard the stuck train. The passengers have not been informed that there is a rescue train en route, she said. Personnel are telling passengers that there is no estimate of how long the delay will be. Vicky says the lights just came back on.

4:50 p.m. Update: Vicky reports that "the train is pretty full," but not overcrowded. The emergency lights are on and the train is warm.

4:46 p.m. Update: MTA officials say a rescue train is being sent to pick up Train 428's passengers. Trains 530 and 432 are also delayed.

Original post: MARC Train 428 is stopped north of Union Station due to an equipment problem. The engine of the Penn Line train, which was scheduled to depart Union Station at 4:15 p.m., has died, according to Express writer and Post fitness columnist Vicky Hallett, who is aboard the train. The Maryland Transit Administration said more information will be released soon.

Riders report that this problem is delaying at least one other train.

From the Post's archives:

Review finds flaws in response to stalled MARC train

900 riders stuck on a MARC train for two hours

By Washington Post Editors  | December 29, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  MARC, Maryland  
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