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Major Penn Line delays after fire at New Carrollton

Updated, 10:36 a.m.:

Train 419 at Odenton is running 50 minutes late. Train 521 departed Baltimore 35-40 minutes late. Train 414 is still not out yet.

Updated, 10:00 a.m.:

There are currently two Marc trains suffering delays right now. Train 414 on the Penn Line is running an hour late, and is only making stops at New Carrolton, BWI and Baltimore. Penn train 417 is running about an hour late as well.

As of now, it's just those two trains, with all other trains running as planned, according to Marc Jones, manager of broadcast operations for MTA.

Updated, 8:14 a.m.:

Service has resumed on the Amtrak line at the New Carrollton station after an earlier fire stopped all trains in both directions. However, there are delays of 40 to 90 minutes for Penn Line trains.

The train that caught on fire remains disabled at the New Carrollton station, so other trains are forced to move through the area at reduced speeds. Train 506 will terminate in Baltimore. Amtrak 183 will make Penn north stops.

As of 7:40 am, the fire was completely out, said Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady. No one was injured by the fire. The parking lots are being reopened on a limited basis, and when the Prince George's firefighters have packed up and left, the parking lots will be fully reopened.

Original post:

A fire on an Amtrak train at the New Carrollton station in Landover has shut down Amtrak service at that station.

The small fire is in the lead car of the Amtrak train, and so far no injuries have been reported. Prince George's firefighters have been on the scene since 6 a.m. Spokesman Mark Brady said the firefighters are having trouble accessing the fire, which he said they believe to be electrical and is in the framework of the train. They could be working on it until 7:45 am.

Metro service is unaffected, but parking at the station has been shut down for the time being.

By Mike McPhate  |  October 28, 2009; 10:36 AM ET
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