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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Mass transit sucks.
Oh come on....It took 10 hours to get to these people...ridiculous..and you don’t starve in 10 hours.
Where’s Willie Green when one needs a booster to extol the wonders of public rail?
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.
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.
Who misplaced the door key?
I’d be really, really annoyed but crying and fighting after 10 hours? Good lord.
Bah. Ten hours? I may have dipped into the emergency reserve of alcohol . . . .
Hasn’t been America since 65.
Trains suck, which is why the airplane was invented.
That’s the reason why Paul Simon’s search for it was in vain....
Few people want out of the door of an airplane mid-travel.
This “brave reporter” sounds like a real Nancy-boy . . .
Ah, he could have weathered it himself, but he needed a sensational story.
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.
Airplanes in general are a lot more reliable than Amtrak. Riding Amtrak is like flying in Ethiopian Airlines or Uzbek Air.
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.
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.
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.
I mostly meant that it’s hard to believe that an American train passengers could be stranded for ten hours. AMTRAK has buses.
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....
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.
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.
Locked inside a stalled Amtrack train between Baltimore and Philly? Is any more proof of the existence of Purgatory necessary?
What a Mary.
that’s what I was thinking. 10 hours. if they could
tweet to the outside, I assume they could get replies.
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.
Didn't he get banned in the great Rudy purge of '08?