Amtrak Service Restored Between Philly, DC

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    Amtrak service has been restored between Philadelphia and Washington after it was suspended for several hours.

    Earlier on Monday service on the Acela Express and Northeast Regional was suspended because of mechanical problems involving the overhead electrical system near Wilmington. Trains were held at Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Washington Union Station.

    Amtrak did not say if the problems were weather related, and a spokesman did not immediately respond to an email seeking information.

    Amtrak had said earlier that it will operate a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston on Tuesday because of extremely cold weather.

    Nick Consonery, a passenger on the Acela Express from NYC to DC, reached out to NBC10.

    "We were supposed to be in DC at 8:50 p.m. but have been sitting here just outside of Wilmington," he wrote. "Amtrak is saying that the electric wires are down from just ahead of us all the way to Baltimore."

    According to Consonery, his train still had power.

    "The engineer came on recently to tell us that it was a good thing we had power and they said previously that a train ahead of us had to be rescued, I'm assuming because it didn't have power plus the weather," he wrote. "I heard from another lady on my train that the people on THAT rescued train were dropped in Wilmington and left to their own devices, but who knows if that is true/how credible."

    Northeast Corridor service was restored between Philadelphia and Washington around 11:30 p.m.

    Consonery told NBC10 that he and other passengers were being taken to Wilmington where they would be placed on a different train heading to DC.

    While service has been restored, residual delays on the Northeast corridor can be expected as crews continue to work to clear heavy congestion caused by the electrical system issues around Delaware.

    If you plan on traveling on Tuesday, check your train's status on the Amtrak website or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

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