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Amtrak service restored from Washington to Philly after disruption, MARC restored

Amtrak train service has been restored after a complete shut-down between Washington and Philadelphia earlier Wednesday, an Amtrak spokesman said.

The overhead power system was damaged south of Elkton at around 10:30 a.m., with hundreds of passengers stuck on several trains until about 1 p.m., said Craig Schulz, the Amtrak spokesman. MARC train service north of Martin State Airport was also disrupted, but had been restored with minor delays as of about 5 p.m., Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens said.

Schulz said Amtrak service had been restored on one of two tracks and that customers could still expect "extensive" delays throughout the day as workers fixed the damage and reopened the second track. That stretch includes Amtrak's Baltimore and Wilmington, Del., stops.

The cause of the damage was still unknown Wednesday afternoon. The trains never lost power, Schulz said.

The MARC service disruption did not affect service between Baltimore and Washington, Owens said. Riders had to board busses to get to stations in Edgewood, Aberdeen and Perryville.

Amtrak's decision to close service for such a long distance, between Washington and Philadelphia, was made in part because those are major hubs where passengers can find travel alternatives, Schulz said.

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