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Posted at 7:22 PM ET, 02/12/2011

Amtrak locomotive catches fire in NE

By Clarence Williams

Updated, 9:35 p.m.

The fire was put out after about an hour; train traffic has resumed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Earlier: An Amtrak locomotive caught fire Saturday evening in a Northeast Washington train yard, D.C. fire officials said.

The fire was at the Ivy City maintenance yard at 1401 W Street NE about 6:30 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman.

No injuries were reported. Fire officials said hose lines that ran across tracks might have delayed some rail operations for a time.

The extent of damage was not immediately known.

By Clarence Williams  | February 12, 2011; 7:22 PM ET
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Again, and again, and again. The WaPo failes to give rail the same treatment as other forms of transportation.

If this had been a plane at BWI or National, they would have reported whether it was an Airbus A320 or a Boeing 757, etc. that caught fire.

So here (as usual) we are left to wonder, was this an AEM7, an F40PH or a P42DC that caught fire?

Posted by: kjclark1963 | February 13, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

look, i'm a railfan and i don't even care what type of engine it was

Posted by: hockeypunk | February 14, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

It was an old steam engine, I think.

Posted by: jojo4 | February 14, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

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