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Isaias knocks out Amtrak service between Boston and New York
By adamg on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:32am
Update: Trains are running again, but with diesel locomotives in place of the usual electric engines.
Amtrak reports falling trees did a number on the Northeast Corridor in Connecticut:
Due to ongoing overhead power issues caused by severe weather, all service between Boston (BOS) and New York (NYP) is canceled. We will update as more information becomes available.
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Longer disruptions from
Longer disruptions from storms is a downside to electric operations (vs. using diesels)
Given how often diesel
Given how often diesel locomotives break down with no help from storms (especially on the MBTA), I'll take the electrics.
The dozens of countries
The dozens of countries around the world with functional rail systems seem to manage ok with electrification. As do all of the major East Coast commuter rail systems except Boston.
So, Amtrak will be going slow in CT
Or as we say, normal service.
Only getting worse
If this was the situation than, imagine how worse it will be once the storm actually hits as bad as the weather scientists predict.
Wait, it already passed? I was taking a shower, must have missed it.
40,000 customers still without electricity
in MA alone according to http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html -- and it was a lot worse yesterday.
Eastern MA didn't really get hit. It was really central MA that took the worst of it.
We were lucky
that the storm dropped everything on the Greater NYC area instead of on us.