Acela passengers forced to transfer after mechanical failure north of Baltimore
By By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun
Mar 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM
Mechanical problems on a northbound Acela Express out of Washington forced nearly 160 passengers to transfer trains north of Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, according to Amtrak officials.
The No. 1266 express train was a few miles south of the Edgewood MARC Station about 2 p.m. when it began experiencing problems with its pantograph, an extendible device that collects electricity from the overhead, said Craig Schulz, an Amtrak spokesman.
The train was forced to stop and the 158 passengers on board had to wait for another train to pick them up. By 2:45 p.m., they had boarded the No. 186 Northeast Corridor train and began moving, Schulz said.
Schulz said he was "sure the train was rather full," but didn't have details or any information on passengers standing.
The problem may have also caused "minor delays" for passengers on other trains due to reduced speeds through the area, Schulz said, but schedules were not severely impacted.