More MARC follies on the Penn Line
Eric Luebehusen, a regular Penn Line rider and a faithful correspondent on all matters MARC-related, provides this account of the morning's Penn Line follies. The event two weeks ago was a fiasco in which one train ended up taking a journey of at least 3 1/2 hours between Baltimore and Washington.
Thought I'd pass along my experience from this morning. It was almost a carbon copy of the fiasco from 2 weeks ago, except this time I was on my regular train.
Train #407 (6:30 Halethorpe) apparently broke down at Odenton this morning... this is the same train that broke down last time.
Train #509 (6:38 Halethorpe) was instructed to couple with and push the disabled 407. Last time, I managed to get on board this one. Today, I missed it.
Train #411 (7:13 Halethorpe) arrived to Halethorpe on time, and I got on. We were held up for 20 minutes or so as the 2 trains in front of us sorted out what needed to be done.
The net result for me, was only a 20-30 minute delay... while the trains in front were delayed a bit more (I think 50 minutes or so). Not a good start to the week mind you - and certainly highlights the need for new equipment yesterday - but with a plan (and the right cables), no one was forced to arrive at work at lunchtime.
Anyway... seems like they more or less got this one right.
By the way, the Maryland Transit Administration still classifies this morning's MARC operations as having "minor" disruptions. Jeff Quinton of insidecharmcity.com was kind enough to pass along a log of what "minor" means to the MTA. See it below:
July 20, 2009 5:54 AM
Brunswick Line: Train 890 approaching Dickerson operating 13 minutes late due to switch problems
Brunswick: Train 892 approaching Barnesville operating 18 minutes late due to switch problems
Penn Line: Train 407 holding at Odenton with mechanical problems Updates to follow
Penn: Train 509 at Odenton Station assisting disabled 407 expect delays Updates to follow
Penn: Train 506 and 406 holding in Washington until further notice Updates to follow
Update:Train 506 canceled Train 406 departed Washington making all 506 stops to Baltimore
Penn: Train 521 canceled from Perryville to Baltimore Amtrak trying to make arrangement
Update:Train 407 departed Odenton 50 minutes late Train 509 departed Odenton Station 40 minutes late
Brunswick: Train 894 approaching Barnesville operating 15 minutes late due to mechanical problems
Penn: Train 417 8:10am departure expect delays updates to follow
Penn: Train 408 expect 30 minutes or more delay out of Washington Updates to follow
Penn Line Commuters Amtrak 183 will make stops at Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Martins Airport en route to Baltimore
Update:Train 417 departed Baltimore 12-15 minutes late
Update:Train 408 departed Washington 44 minutes late as an express making a stop at BWI
Train 410 approaching Odenton operating 15 minutes late
Train 419 approaching West Baltimore operating 15 minutes late