Amtrak service resumes between Phila., Washington

Posted: January 08, 2014

Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Washington was disrupted Monday evening because of power-line problems in Wilmington that started around 6:15 p.m. and were continuing.

Also, Amtrak announced it will reduce its Tuesday schedule between Washington and Boston because of the extreme cold moving into the region.

Service finally resumed between Philadelphia and Washington around 11:30 p.m., though residual delays were expected, Amtrak announced via Twitter.

The stoppage originally was between Philadelphia and Baltimore, but was extended to Washington because of the service backup.

Kathryn Jean Lopez, a conservative political columnist, was live-tweeting from one of the stuck trains.

" 'We will be here for some time.' #Amtrak conductor announcer breaks it to us #DownedWires," she tweeted at 8:32 p.m.

"At least we could get off and get a #Philly cheesesteak. #OverheardonAmtrak #StuckinPhilly," she tweeted again, indicating her train may be at 30th Street Station, where trains were being held.

As for Tuesday's service, the Acela Express and Northeast Regional will continue to operate Tuesday, but with reduced frequency, Amtrak said.

Passengers with reservations were being accommodated by other trains or were being notified in advance, the agency said.

Empire service between New York City and Albany also will be curtailed, Amtrak said.

Keystone service between New York City and Harrisburg was expected to run normally, the agency said.

Updates will be posted on Amtrak.com.

bmoran@phillynews.com

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