Balt ACD, I would never, EVER, say you didn't know what you were talking about. You're the professional, I'm the hobbyist. But look what happens when they DON'T have protection power of any kind.
You know the old saying, "Where there's a will, there's a way." A situation like this is intolerable. Amtrak and NJ Transit should know better and plan for contingencies like this.
Remember, people will excuse failure, we all fail at one time or another. What they won't excuse is inaction, or the perception of inaction.