Skip to comments.The Harrowing Tale of an Amtrak Train Stuck on the Rails for 10 Hours (Baltimore-Philly)
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:
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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.
Hope he's not a parent....I sure wouldn't go camping with him for a dad...
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.
If the train had a bar car, I would have helped you liberate it for sure.
Sounds like Taggart Transcontinental just as the bottom was falling out.
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.
Steve Tschida is actually a pretty good guy, decent reporter, not a noticeable lib.
“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.......
See Mark Twain’s “Cannibalism in the Cars”
If the SHTF, head for the alcohol. Deal with the problem later.
I’m told that they, too, “went over the side.”
11 hours and we'd have been talking Donner Party.
“Harrowing” sure isn’t what it used to be.
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.
I think they ate Willy back at the Donner Pass.
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.
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.
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.