"Amtrak Train To Michigan Unexpectedly Stops Twice, Leaves Passengers Sick"

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"Amtrak Train To Michigan Unexpectedly Stops Twice, Leaves Passengers Sick"
Posted by Victrola1 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:42 PM
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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:10 PM

But a highly interesting technical issue.  What could be 'weather-related' that made them stop not once, but twice, removing cars each time (for so I understand the coverage; there is little else that could have occupied them a total of 4 hours with presumably much of that the standing train's cars having been left off HEP while the engine ran somewhere with the uncoupled cars)?  I don't know how we can find out the details here, but I for one would like to hear Amtrak's side of the problems and the responses taken.

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Posted by ruderunner on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:13 PM

Who got sick with what illness?  Not having an operating restroom is an inconvenience and low heat is uncomfortable but neither are a sickness.

Over, is this the same story in Newswire about the bent snow plow?

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:44 PM

I'm probably the wrong person to ask about Newswire stories, because as a non subscriber I don't read them unless Brian Schmidt links them here.  I don't recall having seen one about a snowplow.

I got the impression, wacky as it seems, that some weather-related issue caused the train to stop not once but twice to remove unserviceable cars from the consist (and presumably leave the train dark while a single locomotive went off to spot what was removed somewhere).  I am at a relative loss as to what this could have been, and if you can tell me how a snowplow failure could cripple cars (tearing underfloor cables or hoses??) I'd be grateful.

I am hoping for some in-the-know tech updates to come in as more people read the item.

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Posted by aegrotatio on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:15 PM

Typical overreaction people have to environmental problems.  The railroad car was cold and the bathrooms were out of service for a time, so now they think they are sick because of mass hysteria.  Nothing further needs to be said about this "problem."


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Posted by LithoniaOperator on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:58 PM

That article did leave a lot of unanswered question. I agree: it doesn’t exactly sound like a crisis.

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