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July 2, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brush fires sparked by a passing freight train this afternoon delayed Amtrak trains and SEPTA commuter rail service north of the city for about 90 minutes. The fires burned along a eight-mile stretch of the tracks, which carries trains on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to New York and SEPTA's R7 to Trenton. Firefighters first responded at 11:58 a.m. for a report of a blaze near the Bristol Pike Lanes bowling alley in Croydon, said Horace Hopkins, deputy chief of the Croydon Volunteer Fire Department.
NEWS
November 18, 2000 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thousands of rail commuters were stranded during evening rush yesterday when train service - including SEPTA regional lines - was disrupted after an Amtrak computer controlling track signals between Philadelphia and Washington went down for two hours, officials said. The Amtrak system went down about 5 p.m., forcing Amtrak and SEPTA to halt service, Amtrak spokesman Russ Hall said. Amtrak personnel went out into the field to manually switch signals, allowing trains to move intermittently.
NEWS
February 20, 2016
SEPTA and Amtrak service service has resumed Thursday evening with residual delays in Northeast Philadelphia after a warehouse fire along the tracks in the city's Holmesburg section was declared under control, officials said. Just before 5:30 p.m., a fire was reported at a two-story brick warehouse in the 7700 block of Edmund Street. SEPTA's Trenton line was suspended through the area and Amtrak trains were halted from going through the area as firefighters battled the blaze.
NEWS
May 24, 1992 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / CHARLES FOX
Thousands of train passengers were stranded Friday morning when a power line collapsed over rails in Northeast Philadelphia. Service was disrupted on at least 20 Amtrak trains and SEPTA's southbound R-7 line from Trenton. SEPTA service was restored at 2:15 p.m., and Amtrak was running on time by 5:30 p.m. Here, Tom Avila waits at 30th Street Station for his train to Springfield, Mass.
NEWS
August 11, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
A fallen tree halted service on trains operating on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor for more than five hours today, disrupting the morning rush hour. The tree hit a power line near Princeton Junction about 5:20 a.m., knocking out signals, Amtrak said. Trains started running again around 10:30 a.m. after the signals were restored. Amtrak had earlier said the tree fell in Morrisville, Bucks County. Affected were Amtrak trains operating between 30th Street Station and New York, SEPTA's Trenton Line, and NJ Transit rail service between Trenton and New Brunswick.
NEWS
May 8, 2010
Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York was suspended for two hours Saturday night because of an electical fire near Metropark in North Jesey. A fire on the high-tension wires above the Amtrak tracks and catenary wires caused the shutdown at about 7:22 p.m., Amtrak said. About 50 minutes later, the high-tension wires fell onto the catenary wires, which supply power to the trains. Service resumed at 9:24 p.m. The mishap halted six Amtrak trains, with 460 passengers, Amtrak said.
NEWS
January 17, 1987
As a frequent rider of the area's commuter rail lines and the Amtrak trains between Philadelphia and New York, one thing has always concerned me. Why are the passenger cars, as modern and luxurious as they are, not equipped with seat belts at each seat? This added safety feature would indeed reduce the occurrence of serious injury and give all passengers a feeling of safety and well being as they travel from city to city and to and from work. Just as in an airplane, the ticket collector or conductor should make an announcement before the train departs each location that seat belts must be fastened and a check of this procedure would be performed when the tickets are collected.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
TWO PEDESTRIANS were fatally struck by Amtrak trains in the region Wednesday, officials said. Shortly after 6 p.m., a passenger was struck at the Bristol station on the Trenton line and declared dead at the scene. No further information, including an identity, was available. Amtrak resumed regular service by 7:30 p.m., and SEPTA - which has a regional-rail stop at the station - was expected to resume service a few hours later. Earlier, a woman in her mid-40s was struck about 10:30 a.m. by a train at Churchmans Crossing Station in Newark, Del. A preliminary investigation by Delaware State Police revealed no foul play, and the incident has been deemed an apparent suicide.
NEWS
July 27, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains running between Trenton and New York have been delayed up to an hour as police investigate a fatality on the rails in Mercer County. A southbound Acela express train struck and killed a woman who was trespassing on the tracks at 4:43 p.m. near the Hamilton train station. Rail service ground to a halt at 5:03 after holds were placed on five or six trains scheduled to pass through central New Jersey, an Amtrak spokeswoman said. Two sets of tracks were reopened at 5:45.
NEWS
July 22, 2011
Amtrak trains on the Philadelphia-Harrisburg "Keystone Corridor" will soon be able to increase maximum speeds to 125 m.p.h., as work is about to begin on closing the last three highway crossings on the route. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday the signing of grant agreements providing $24.3 million to eliminate the crossings in Lancaster County. Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will contribute a total of $3.4 million to the work.
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July 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A person died after being struck by an Amtrak train Friday morning in Delaware County. The Northeast Regional train traveling from Washington to New York hit someone who was on the tracks in Prospect Park just after 11 a.m., according to Amtrak. Further information about the person wasn't available. It wasn't immediately known why the person was in the track area. No passengers or crew members were injured. Amtrak service and SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line were suspended for several hours while authorities responded to the scene.
NEWS
April 5, 2016 | By Marie McCullough and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
It happened so fast that Kim Goldman had barely settled in for her ride from Philadelphia to Washington. Amtrak Train 89 was cruising south along a row of refineries near the Delaware border, some of its 341 passengers dozing, others nursing cups of coffee. Until a boom, a wall of fire, and yellow smoke stirred terror just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Barely 20 minutes after departing Philadelphia, the Georgia-bound train struck an Amtrak maintenance vehicle in Chester and derailed, killing two people, injuring 37 others, and creating a scene of confusion and fear less than a year after another Philadelphia-area Amtrak crash that killed eight people and injured hundreds.
NEWS
February 20, 2016
SEPTA and Amtrak service service has resumed Thursday evening with residual delays in Northeast Philadelphia after a warehouse fire along the tracks in the city's Holmesburg section was declared under control, officials said. Just before 5:30 p.m., a fire was reported at a two-story brick warehouse in the 7700 block of Edmund Street. SEPTA's Trenton line was suspended through the area and Amtrak trains were halted from going through the area as firefighters battled the blaze.
NEWS
February 3, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
A New York-bound Amtrak high-speed Acela train traveling through Bridesburg just before 7 p.m. Sunday was hit by something that smashed a coach window. The incident came the day before the federal investigators are slated to release hundreds of pages of documents in their probe of the crash of an Amtrak train in May in nearby Frankford that claimed the lives of eight people. After the object slammed into the window Sunday night, one startled passenger tweeted that a bullet hit the train, but Amtrak officials said Monday morning they haven't determined what the object was. Taylor Lorenz, 30, a freelance editor from the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, was on the train, a few seats from the broken window.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Just stay home. So said the region's transportation agencies as they prepared Friday for up to 20 inches of snow and scouring wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h. "What we're really trying to hammer home is for people to stay off the roads," said Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania's transportation secretary. "The more people can stay off the roads, the more our equipment operators can do their job. " Through Friday, local, regional and national transportation agencies listed slowed, limited, or canceled services.
NEWS
December 22, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A key train safety system is now active on Amtrak rails from Washington to New York. And SEPTA's Regional Rail system is not far behind in activating its own version of the technology, officials have said. Amtrak activated Positive Train Control, which can automatically slow or stop a speeding train, between Philadelphia and New York this past weekend. The system went online from Philadelphia to Washington a week ago, spokeswoman Christina Leeds said Sunday night. The system was already operational on Amtrak rails from New Haven, Conn., to Boston, she said.
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The more than 60 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed so far in the May derailment of Amtrak Train 188 will play out together in Philadelphia and under the watch of a single judge, a federal court panel said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis was selected to oversee the cases by the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a group charged with organizing lawsuits likely to share similar pretrial issues filed before courts in different parts of the country.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday urged Amtrak to install "crash- and fire-protected inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders" on all locomotives. The recommendation came in response to the May 12 derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Port Richmond that killed eight passengers and injured 200. Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said last month that Amtrak would install inward-facing video cameras in all of its 300 locomotives, starting with 70 Siemens locomotives now being put into service on the Northeast Corridor.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two newlyweds who were injured in the crash of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12 are the latest to sue the rail line and engineer Brandon Bostian in federal district court in Philadelphia, alleging that reckless operation of the train caused its derailment. Declan MacFarland, 34, and Kathryn Varnum, 33, were on their way to New York from Varnum's parents' home in northern Virginia when the train derailed. MacFarland had scheduled a job interview for the following day, and Varnum, an employee of a public relations firm, had intended to confer with a client.
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