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This is going to sound wack: Orange Line woes caused by Amtrak

Not everything that goes wrong on the T is the T's fault, it seems. First it was the little duck and today, the T says, it had to shut the Orange Line between Forest Hills and Back Bay after an overhead Amtrak power line unspooled or snapped or something near Ruggles, causing problems for the neighboring subway line.

Most comuter-line trains were rerouted via the Fairmount Line, but four Needham Line trains were cancelled, WFXT reports.

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What??? Universal Hub defending the T???

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this weekend, so I didn't know anything else was going on.

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But what a great headline!

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From what I can remember, this is not the first time or the last time.

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I didn't know the Orange Line and Amtrak shared the same power source. The Orange Line power is 600 volts DC, but Amtrak uses 25,000 volts AC at 60 Hertz.

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High voltage power lines coming down can cause problems even if you weren't using that power.

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I believe the issue is that you can't safely run the Orange line trains when, close by on the adjacent Amtrak tracks, there's a (possibly still energized) high voltage line loose on the ground.

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