Amtrak train breaks down in Aberdeen, causes delays

September 03, 2014|By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

Trains were delayed by more than an hour Wednesday when an Amtrak train to Boston broke down in Aberdeen, officials said.

The 284 passengers aboard Train 178, which left D.C. at 4:05 p.m., eventually switched trains to continue north, according to an Amtrak spokesman.

Due to "the severe congestion," MARC Train 536 stopped at Edgewood, and passengers were taken to Aberdeen and Perryville by taxi, according to a Maryland Transit Administration announcement. The MTA told passengers to save their receipts and contact the administration for reimbursement.

Amtrak did not identify what caused the train malfunction Wednesday night, beyond deeming it a "mechanical issue."

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