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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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To: CharlesWayneCT

“didn’t tell us what was happening.”

No cellphones? heck, he tweeted how awful everything was. Maybe he raided the bar car too often!


51 posted on 12/18/2010 5:22:37 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: mongo141

“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....”

I bet they wish they were so lucky. All that was available on that train was bed bugs!


52 posted on 12/18/2010 5:22:45 PM PST by balls (Enough of the politically correct "progressive" label, they are LIBERALS!)
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To: Tribune7
This happened to me in 1960. Louisville (Fort Knox) to the Burgh coming home for Christmas.

Army guys gave those heavy coats to the elderly. 14 hours of this.

This is insane to happen today.

53 posted on 12/18/2010 5:25:14 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
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.

I was thinking of certain demographic, too, but it wasn't a racial one. But it did wear a suit. America has an anus, it's on that stretch of track somewhere.

Of course, it could have been worse. It could have been Jersey.

54 posted on 12/18/2010 5:26:30 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: cycjec
It's pretty hard to believe that there was nothing around within 10 hours of that train.

Apparently there was one stop and I assume there was heat and shelter available. COMMON SENSE SAYS.....EVERYONE should have been told to get off.

55 posted on 12/18/2010 5:27:59 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: freedumb2003
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.

You underestimate yourself. Lots of people care.

Well, not really...

56 posted on 12/18/2010 5:33:13 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: dynachrome

ABC7StephenStephenTschido...you must be a fag. You should have got off at Perryville.


57 posted on 12/18/2010 5:33:28 PM PST by Holen1
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To: Zeppo

>>Well, not really...<<

The truth shall set you free! (LOL)

I love Saturday Nights at FR — we get the best humor talent

((OK — well, not really ;))

[Actually, really]


58 posted on 12/18/2010 5:36:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Last time I went through that was Wilmington I think.


59 posted on 12/18/2010 5:37:01 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: dynachrome
This guy is a Photobucket.
60 posted on 12/18/2010 5:38:13 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (*********************End automatic pay raises for congresscritters**)
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To: dynachrome
Doesn't take long, does it?

In America at least, I think panic is still the exception rather than the rule. Not one person was trampled or pushed aside in the Hudson River plane crash; 9/11 was much the same.

61 posted on 12/18/2010 5:40:33 PM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: dynachrome

We are just across the Mason-Dixon line above Perryville Md. It was 18 degrees last night.


62 posted on 12/18/2010 5:41:30 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: nwrep
Trains suck, which is why the airplane was invented.

Well, at least if something goes wrong while you're in transit in a plane, the wait isn't so long...

63 posted on 12/18/2010 5:44:54 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Graybeard58
Didn't he get banned in the great Rudy purge of '08?

He tried his trash talk on Jim Rob after Jim told him "we don't want fricken government trains!" Willie had a message on his FReep Page saying he would stay away from FR.

Just recently, I took a look and noticed his account was suspended. I don't know if he acted up again or if he simply asked for it to be wiped.

64 posted on 12/18/2010 5:45:51 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: GunsAndBibles

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.

W. C. Fields


65 posted on 12/18/2010 5:48:44 PM PST by ansel12 (Lonnie, little by little the look of the country changes, because of the men we admire.)
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To: dynachrome
Stuck on a train?????

This is stuck and it happened this past Monday and Tuesday just outside of Windsor. Actual reports had approx. 350 motorists stranded in their cars for over 24 hours and ultimately had to be airlifted out via military helicopters...........

Stranded on Canada’s 402

66 posted on 12/18/2010 5:50:32 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: dynachrome

Societal norm in 2010 is anarchy within one hour of not getting their way.


67 posted on 12/18/2010 5:57:42 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: dynachrome
Was thinking of taking the train to Fla rather than submit the family jewels to close examination. But maybe not.

ML/NJ

68 posted on 12/18/2010 6:01:39 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: dynachrome
Typical D.C. media castrato from an affiliate of one of the alphabet networks. Legends in their own minds when they're in their own warm, pampered element, but they turn into 5 year old girls if they have to rely on their own atrophied (if even existent) primal sense of self-survival. And no, it doesn't take indigenous urbanites long to panic and lose it. They're too used to that hive-like mindset that expects someone else will provide them everything from sustenance to salvation.

Props to cripplecreek for the graphics!

69 posted on 12/18/2010 6:01:41 PM PST by Viking2002 (2012 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: dynachrome
Sounds a bit like something from Atlas Shrugged.

ML/NJ

70 posted on 12/18/2010 6:05:54 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

It’s becoming much more clear:

http://washingtonlife.smugmug.com/2010-Photos/Plant-a-Fish-Lunch-with-Fabien/12494358_kK8QZ/5/895777198_LjPY3#895777198_LjPY3-A-LB


71 posted on 12/18/2010 6:06:21 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (*********************End automatic pay raises for congresscritters**)
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To: pnh102

Or, if 95 is jammed, hop over to US 1 and enjoy the drive through some mighty fine countryside. I’ve done it many times.


72 posted on 12/18/2010 6:07:46 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ml/nj; Viking2002

My guess is that the inhabitants of that train were mostly “the elite”, used to being catered to and not prepared for anything. It’s winter and these people didn’t have any warm clothing/jackets? And yeah, it did remind me of the train in Atlas Shrugged


73 posted on 12/18/2010 6:09:26 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Our thruway here in NY got jammed near Buffalo...Of course, they kept letting people on....just plain STUPID!!!


74 posted on 12/18/2010 6:10:51 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Those trains run out of DC into NYC and often North to Boston. Baltimore/Philly are 2 of the intermediate stops. I’m thinking it’s more urbane DC types who just can’t have their lives interrupted or made uncomfortable in any way.

Amtrak ain’t cheap. I think poorer folks (like me) take the bus when traveling from DC to NYC. You see, there is LOTS of competition among bus companies for that route; Amtrak owns the rails and sets the fare.


75 posted on 12/18/2010 6:17:26 PM PST by EDINVA
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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).

just did this in June during my visit to Albuquerque... had no idea this happened! glad i didn't know...

76 posted on 12/18/2010 6:27:55 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Dang! He is a drama “queen” alright!


77 posted on 12/18/2010 6:28:24 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome
As a matter of fact, a percentage of the elite rabble in D.C. do use Amtrak to get back and forth. As someone who used the Metro rail a bit back in the day, I can't understand how anyone would willingly do it over the long haul - how tedious. I can understand not wanting to pull up roots, especially given the price of housing in the the region, and if you're in a professional position that may not last beyond a month, a year, or an election, but jeez - getting up every day, getting your head and ass wired together for the daily grind, schlepping to a terminal, enduring a train ride sitting beside God-knows-who and not knowing if they're a nut case, if they have bad gas, if they even bathed that morning, etc., then having to catch a bus or slug in to your office, log an eight hour shift, then reverse the process just to return to your own personal toilet seat and warm bed.......no money is worth that. No amount of power is worth that. That isn't living; that's just existing.

Props to cripplecreek for the graphics!

78 posted on 12/18/2010 6:28:26 PM PST by Viking2002 (2012 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: Holen1

“ABC7StephenStephenTschido...you must be a fag’

heh. see the link in #71


79 posted on 12/18/2010 6:29:54 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Viking2002

Check out #71 for a link to a pic of the reporter. The gaydar broke on that one!


80 posted on 12/18/2010 6:31:34 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Viking2002

An excellent ornament!

A great animation it would be to see it smashing through that idiotic Mao ball hung from the WH ‘Holiday’ tree.


81 posted on 12/18/2010 6:32:34 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: dynachrome
I know, I know, I used to live there. I've bumped into a few of them.

Props to cripplecreek for the graphics!

82 posted on 12/18/2010 6:36:40 PM PST by Viking2002 (2012 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: dynachrome
Back around 1990 i was in a bus heading to Montreal, The bus broke down three times on the ride up.
At one point we were stuck in the pitch black middle of nowhere for hours.
Nobody freaked out, but that was probably because an earlier breakdown that day happened right outside a liquor store and everybody stocked up.
On the ride home the bus broke down for good.
luckily it was near some motel.
83 posted on 12/18/2010 6:44:45 PM PST by mowowie
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To: dynachrome

Right, they were coming home after being stuck on an escalator with nobody to come get them for several hours.


84 posted on 12/18/2010 6:46:05 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer And A Painter Can Change Black Into White)
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To: dynachrome

Tschida’s experience is nothing compared to an Amtrak experience I once had.

In 1980, I was on an Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Detroit. Somewhere around Raton, NM, the train ran out of beer. When we made a stop in La Junta, Colo., the passengers stormed the local liquor store—and the stampede nearly turned into a riot.


85 posted on 12/18/2010 6:47:52 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Holen1
"You should have got off at Perryville."

I find watching trains going by to be soothing. And Perryville is at the top of the list. The mighty Susquehanna to the west and a mile line of sight to the east. 5 or 6 trains an hour. I light up a cigar and sit on the antique baggage cart out front while contemplating the universe.

That doesn't negate the fact that this guy is a p***y.

86 posted on 12/18/2010 6:48:49 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: 1rudeboy

That’s part of my personal philosophy. Beer and wine are food, liquor is medicine. And so it is written.


87 posted on 12/18/2010 6:56:41 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: dynachrome
“Harrowing” - 10 freaking hours. No Todd Beamers on THAT train. disgusting.

Wonder how long they'd last where these guys spent 15 MONTHS - high atop a ridge they literally pickaxed off a mountain - shot at constantly (in over 1,000 firefigjts.

A handful of men - isolated, a 2 hour straight up a mountain climb from the nearest outpost. No power, no running water, no heat, no phones, no computers...never enough food. 130 in the summer - 130 below in winter, watching your best friends get blown up in front of you. (High Hindu Kush Mountains of north eastern Afghanistan.) -

http://restrepothemovie.com/video/

Sebastian Junger (”Perfect Storm”) and Tim Hetherington embedded with them for a total of a year, on an off, and filmed, wrote, directed and produced this film. No Hollywood, no poilitics, no agenda - just cameras rolling as it went down.

It won top prize “Grand Jury Award” at Sundance, was shown around the country this summer, garnering many more first prizes, and is now on the short list of documentaries for an Oscar. National Geo bought rights and aired it in Nov. It drew such an audience, they're airing it again Jan 2. Do yourself a favor - watch it.

Below, a very short clip of one of the Sky Soldiers coming back to the firebase after leave...You can see the valley below - WAY below and straight down. This soldier always carried extra back up - to give a little bit of ‘extra’ for the guys. He even brought a folding chair. they had no freaking chair to sit on - First thing on leave, a chair just to sit in was the first luxury.

On a different climb up that mountain, this soldier was under fire - as they were often - totally open to enemy fire. They had finally gotten a generator (Gee, ARmy, could you spare it!) and he had long fluorescent light bulbs in his pack. He was scrambling up that mountain, under fire, returning fire, crawling on his belly, scrambling for the least of cover - but he made it to the top - with a big grin and thumbs up - he didn't lose one bulb.

(Note in this clip the muslim call to prayer in the background. How many of those train passengers could have stood that 5 times a day - 15 months)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6-3I9JHllc&feature=player_embedded

SSGT Giunta, just awarded the Medal of Honor, was part of the platoon.

Don't worry. America is still in good shape - with men like this. And they will be coming home.

88 posted on 12/18/2010 7:03:26 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: dynachrome

Does no one carry a firestart kid anymore?


89 posted on 12/18/2010 7:06:25 PM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Paladin2

I think that he came out second in a pissing contest with Jim Robinson.


90 posted on 12/18/2010 7:13:07 PM PST by sport
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To: ReverendJames

ahahahaha


91 posted on 12/18/2010 7:15:21 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: sport
Oh, I saw the final post.

WG's account is still here, just WG's not posting. He could still swing by and read stuff sent his way. Who knows?

92 posted on 12/18/2010 7:16:44 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Compare this with what the Peruvian miners went through. Pathetic.
93 posted on 12/18/2010 7:21:27 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: dynachrome

Yep.


94 posted on 12/18/2010 7:34:25 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (*********************End automatic pay raises for congresscritters**)
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To: freedumb2003

I’m with you. I think he did a pretty good job of chronicling a sorry episode of what happens when you trust government to run the trains.

Mussolini where are you when we need you?


95 posted on 12/18/2010 7:44:11 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

> “I guess with everything run by electricity on the amtrak, they couldn’t keep the heaters working.”

.
Damn those oil companies, err, oh well....


96 posted on 12/18/2010 7:46:29 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: mowowie
"earlier breakdown that day happened right outside a liquor store"

Good reminder, if I ever intend to ride on a train, take a stock of something.

Thinking of taking a train accross country this summer just see the country.
Have already done the Pittsburgh to Florida thing.
Overall, knowing it was to be long, it was great.
Shhhhh, I had a few six packs and some of those little bottles of rum. Happy, Happy.

97 posted on 12/18/2010 7:46:40 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: IncPen

ping


98 posted on 12/18/2010 7:53:41 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: sport; Jim Robinson

> “I think that he came out second in a pissing contest with Jim Robinson.”

.
When you get in any contest with Jim, guess who gets to decide who won?


99 posted on 12/18/2010 8:01:15 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: maine-iac7

Typical Liberals. I never go anywhere without a small backpack with essentials to last me at least 48 hours. I have one in my car and if I should head out for the day downtown Seattle I have one with me too. Just being prepared. With Libs however they’re expecting some government service to come along and rescue them almost immediately with lattes and cinnabuns.


100 posted on 12/18/2010 9:02:34 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer And A Painter Can Change Black Into White)
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