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The Harrowing Tale of an Amtrak Train Stuck on the Rails for 10 Hours (Baltimore-Philly)
The Gawker ^ | 12-17-10 | Stephen Tschida

Posted on 12/18/2010 4:24:33 PM PST by dynachrome

A train from Baltimore to Philadelphia stalled on the tracks for ten hours last night. With doors locked and electricity waning, passengers cried and fought for emergency rations. A local news reporter happened to be on board, and tweeted it.

D.C. reporter Stephen Tschida, of ABC affiliate WJLA-TV, was on the train as rations fell short, cold set in, and passengers swelled into an anarchic mob. As @ABC7Stephen, he chronicled it all, 140 characters at a time. Here is our brave correspondent's story, unabridged and arranged chronologically:

(Excerpt) Read more at gawker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maryland; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: abcnews; amtrak; maryland; pennsylvania; rail; shtf
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Doesn't take long, does it?
1 posted on 12/18/2010 4:24:37 PM PST by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

Mass transit sucks.


2 posted on 12/18/2010 4:26:52 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: dynachrome

Oh come on....It took 10 hours to get to these people...ridiculous..and you don’t starve in 10 hours.


3 posted on 12/18/2010 4:28:07 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: dynachrome; Willie Green

Where’s Willie Green when one needs a booster to extol the wonders of public rail?


4 posted on 12/18/2010 4:28:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: dynachrome

Reminds me of the story of the tourists stuck overnight on a jammed tramway car that goes up Sandia Mountain in Albuquerque NM (yes, New Mexico is in the USA). The tourists took it with a little better humor, however. Especially considering that the tramway car can get 200 feet or more above the ground.


5 posted on 12/18/2010 4:30:15 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Sacajaweau

Baltimore and Philadelphia? I’m thinking a certain demographic here.

Most of whom could miss a meal.

I don’t even want to think about what constitutes Amtrak Emergency Rations, much less fight over it.


6 posted on 12/18/2010 4:30:30 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: dynachrome
Hard to believe this could happen in America. But then — it's not really America anymore, is it?
7 posted on 12/18/2010 4:30:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Sacajaweau; Willie Green

Who misplaced the door key?


8 posted on 12/18/2010 4:31:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: dynachrome

I’d be really, really annoyed but crying and fighting after 10 hours? Good lord.


9 posted on 12/18/2010 4:31:32 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: dynachrome

Bah. Ten hours? I may have dipped into the emergency reserve of alcohol . . . .


10 posted on 12/18/2010 4:32:04 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin

Hasn’t been America since 65.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 4:32:16 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: dynachrome

Trains suck, which is why the airplane was invented.


12 posted on 12/18/2010 4:32:38 PM PST by nwrep
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To: Dallas59

That’s the reason why Paul Simon’s search for it was in vain....


13 posted on 12/18/2010 4:33:04 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: nwrep

Few people want out of the door of an airplane mid-travel.


14 posted on 12/18/2010 4:33:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Psycho_Bunny

This “brave reporter” sounds like a real Nancy-boy . . .


15 posted on 12/18/2010 4:33:56 PM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox

Ah, he could have weathered it himself, but he needed a sensational story.


16 posted on 12/18/2010 4:34:50 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Sacajaweau

What I can’t get over is the fact that this reporter is a total weenie. If, God forbid, some sort of disaster were to occur wherein we were entirely on our own for any extended length of time, this guy would not only not make it, but would be in deadly danger from those of us who had to listen to his whining.


17 posted on 12/18/2010 4:35:21 PM PST by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Airplanes in general are a lot more reliable than Amtrak. Riding Amtrak is like flying in Ethiopian Airlines or Uzbek Air.


18 posted on 12/18/2010 4:35:52 PM PST by nwrep
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To: nwrep
Trains suck, which is why the airplane was invented.

Or better yet you can drive from Baltimore to Philadelphia in around 2 hours. If 95 gets backed up there's plenty of places to eat at any given exit.

19 posted on 12/18/2010 4:36:01 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: dynachrome

I am not a Twitter nor FB fan (I still don’t think anyone cares if I am taking a bowel break) but I have to admit this is quite a compelling log.


20 posted on 12/18/2010 4:36:13 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: Sacajaweau

Cried and fought for emergency rations! And I bet a lot of the people on the train could’ve easily gone 10 days without food. Wimps.


21 posted on 12/18/2010 4:37:24 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: JayVee
As a senior citizen, he sounds like a perfect lunch for a cougar.

Hope he's not a parent....I sure wouldn't go camping with him for a dad...

22 posted on 12/18/2010 4:39:05 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 1rudeboy

This guy IS a weenie! Heck, I remember one expedition where after three days we ran out of supplies and had to live on nothing but food and water.


23 posted on 12/18/2010 4:42:51 PM PST by GunsAndBibles
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To: 1rudeboy

If the train had a bar car, I would have helped you liberate it for sure.


24 posted on 12/18/2010 4:43:40 PM PST by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: BenLurkin
Hard to believe this could happen in America.

Sounds like Taggart Transcontinental just as the bottom was falling out.

25 posted on 12/18/2010 4:43:52 PM PST by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: dynachrome

Just FYI, WJLA (the station that this weenie is on) is the same station that fired Doug McKelway a few months ago for mentioning during a broadcast all the money Obama received in contributions from BP.


26 posted on 12/18/2010 4:45:31 PM PST by Echo4C (We have it in our power to begin the world over again. --Thomas Paine)
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox

Steve Tschida is actually a pretty good guy, decent reporter, not a noticeable lib.


27 posted on 12/18/2010 4:46:17 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Reminds me of the story of the tourists stuck overnight on a jammed tramway car that goes up Sandia Mountain in Albuquerque NM (yes, New Mexico is in the USA).”

Dang. I’ve ridden on that thing, great ride. I’m wondering how the Ladies took care of.......


28 posted on 12/18/2010 4:47:50 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: dynachrome

See Mark Twain’s “Cannibalism in the Cars”


29 posted on 12/18/2010 4:48:09 PM PST by ThirdMate
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To: alarm rider

If the SHTF, head for the alcohol. Deal with the problem later.


30 posted on 12/18/2010 4:48:27 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: dljordan

I’m told that they, too, “went over the side.”


31 posted on 12/18/2010 4:48:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox
This “brave reporter” sounds like a real Nancy-boy . . .
Couldn't agree more and I noted in one of his "brave" messages he said he was crying again.
32 posted on 12/18/2010 4:49:19 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Sacajaweau
"Oh come on....It took 10 hours to get to these people...ridiculous..and you don’t starve in 10 hours."

11 hours and we'd have been talking Donner Party.

33 posted on 12/18/2010 4:49:36 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: dynachrome

“Harrowing” sure isn’t what it used to be.


34 posted on 12/18/2010 4:49:54 PM PST by niteowl77 (I don't mind them stewing in their own juices, but I do mind them stewing me in their own juices.)
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To: dynachrome

I was once on an Amtrak when the train nailed a car at a crossing. We didn’t move for about five hours while they cleaned up the mess and finished all of their investigations. Then, the journey continued.


35 posted on 12/18/2010 4:50:09 PM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: Paladin2

I think they ate Willy back at the Donner Pass.


36 posted on 12/18/2010 4:52:48 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Paladin2
Where’s Willie Green

DADT

37 posted on 12/18/2010 4:52:48 PM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: dynachrome

In 1965 our senior class made a 10 day trip by rail from the Florida Panhandle to Washington D.C. and the New York Worlds Fair.

We rode on the Silver Meteor and the Silver Comet. Coming home we got to within 20 miles of home and the engine tore up. No problem. They simply took one off a passing freight and we got home only a few minutes late.


38 posted on 12/18/2010 4:56:59 PM PST by yarddog
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To: BenLurkin
“Hard to believe this could happen in America. But then — it's not really America anymore, is it? “

Yes it is. Some of the residents of this country have been allowed, even encouraged, to give their base, animalistic side free rein. The rest of us have been restrained from reacting by legal, cultural and religious concerns.

The core of America is still there and the people who are trying to destroy it are walking a fine line. They hope to gain social control before things spiral out of control and there is a sudden, fatal readjustment.

39 posted on 12/18/2010 4:58:15 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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Doesn't take long, does it?

No, it doesn't.

I would have opened a door and left. Walked away, rented a car, gone to a restaurant. There's plenty of food and civilization between Baltimore and Philadelphia. What the hell is the matter with these people? If they were on a narrow bridge over the Susquehanna in the darkness I could understand some hesitation about leaving, but waiting there freezing and hungry for ten hours...? Crying, for God's sake? Where is the logic?

This is so sad. This used to be America.

40 posted on 12/18/2010 4:58:45 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: dljordan

I mostly meant that it’s hard to believe that an American train passengers could be stranded for ten hours. AMTRAK has buses.


41 posted on 12/18/2010 5:00:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


42 posted on 12/18/2010 5:05:16 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox
“This “brave reporter” sounds like a real Nancy-boy” . . .

Pu**y! Him and those around him need to spend about a week eating bugs lizards and snakes like more than a few of have, myself included....

43 posted on 12/18/2010 5:06:06 PM PST by mongo141
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To: Paladin2
Where’s Willie Green when one needs a booster to extol the wonders of public rail?

Willie's been banned. Don't worry; I'm sure Willie is somewhere on the internet threatening to stab someone in the butt with his pitchfork.

44 posted on 12/18/2010 5:09:16 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox

I’m guessing most people aren’t actually reading the article because it’s not like he was 8 hours into it and whining . . . he almost lost it in the first hour.


45 posted on 12/18/2010 5:16:18 PM PST by ruiner
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To: dynachrome

Locked inside a stalled Amtrack train between Baltimore and Philly? Is any more proof of the existence of Purgatory necessary?


46 posted on 12/18/2010 5:17:37 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: dynachrome

What a Mary.


47 posted on 12/18/2010 5:17:37 PM PST by Hazwaste (Democrats are like slinkies. Only good for pushing down stairs.)
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To: Sacajaweau

that’s what I was thinking. 10 hours. if they could
tweet to the outside, I assume they could get replies.


48 posted on 12/18/2010 5:18:21 PM PST by cycjec
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To: dynachrome

Hilarious story, but I know I’d be upset if they broke down for hours and didn’t tell us what was happening.

I think a lot of business screw up on customer service because they don’t keep them informed. People are almost always happier when they are told what is happening.

A wire fell down across the track, shorting out and stopping all service. When they did get the train going, they were at reduced power, again because of the electrical issues.

It was very cold, and I guess with everything run by electricity on the amtrak, they couldn’t keep the heaters working.

Still, I wonder if the reporter wasn’t more freaked out than most of the other passengers. At one point he’s afraid the train will back out over a broken bridge and they will plunge to their deaths.


49 posted on 12/18/2010 5:18:44 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Grizzled Bear
Willie's been banned.

Again?

Didn't he get banned in the great Rudy purge of '08?

50 posted on 12/18/2010 5:18:49 PM PST by Graybeard58
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