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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“didnt tell us what was happening.”
No cellphones? heck, he tweeted how awful everything was. Maybe he raided the bar car too often!
“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!
Army guys gave those heavy coats to the elderly. 14 hours of this.
This is insane to happen today.
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.
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.
You underestimate yourself. Lots of people care.
Well, not really...
ABC7StephenStephenTschido...you must be a fag. You should have got off at Perryville.
>>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 ;))
Last time I went through that was Wilmington I think.
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.
We are just across the Mason-Dixon line above Perryville Md. It was 18 degrees last night.
Well, at least if something goes wrong while you're in transit in a plane, the wait isn't so long...
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.
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
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...........
Societal norm in 2010 is anarchy within one hour of not getting their way.
It’s becoming much more clear:
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.
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
Our thruway here in NY got jammed near Buffalo...Of course, they kept letting people on....just plain STUPID!!!
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.
just did this in June during my visit to Albuquerque... had no idea this happened! glad i didn't know...
Dang! He is a drama “queen” alright!
“ABC7StephenStephenTschido...you must be a fag’
heh. see the link in #71
Check out #71 for a link to a pic of the reporter. The gaydar broke on that one!
An excellent ornament!
A great animation it would be to see it smashing through that idiotic Mao ball hung from the WH ‘Holiday’ tree.
Right, they were coming home after being stuck on an escalator with nobody to come get them for several hours.
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.
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.
That’s part of my personal philosophy. Beer and wine are food, liquor is medicine. And so it is written.
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.) -
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)
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.
Does no one carry a firestart kid anymore?
I think that he came out second in a pissing contest with Jim Robinson.
WG's account is still here, just WG's not posting. He could still swing by and read stuff sent his way. Who knows?
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?
> “I guess with everything run by electricity on the amtrak, they couldnt keep the heaters working.”
Damn those oil companies, err, oh well....
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.
> “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?
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.