Trains headed into Penn station disabled due to power issues

Andrew Cummings
July 16, 2017

Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service on the Northeast Corridor in and out of New York Penn Station resumed Saturday after brief delays, but officials warned additional delays are possible. Amtrak sent a second train out to the train, but the rescue train also became disabled.

A New Jersey Transit train has become disabled, causing delays in and out of New York Penn Station Saturday evening.

Amtrak travel between NY and New Jersey was briefly suspended, but had resumed on Amtrak rails by 1:15 p.m.

There have been no reported injuries, and passengers did not have to evacuate.

There is no word as to whether the power problems are associated with the Penn Station rehab.

An Amtrak official said the train was towed into the station at 5:05 p.m. after it experienced overhead power issues.

Passengers on that train were removed and exited onto Track 15.

The electrical problems sparked delays of up to 30 minutes for commuters for New Jersey Transit.

The overhead power concern will continued to be monitored, he added. Some NJ Transit rail lines are being diverted to Hoboken during morning and afternoon peak periods.

"Work accomplished includes installing two new track switches between the Hudson River tunnels and Penn Station platforms, dismantling two other switches to be replaced next week, and replacing half of a track 'diamond" which is part of a junction, he said. The Wall Street Journalreports that the national rail agency's COO, Scot Naparstek, said that work for the first week is being completed right on time.

The fix work at Penn Station has forced several tracks to be closed at a time.

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