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  by Backshophoss
 
WBBM, has been reporting 15-20 min delays due to a derailment south of Union Station today,repairs may last to tomorrow's AM Rush.
Who Derailed this am to create this problem? METRA or Amtrak??
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Here is TRAINS Newswire coverage of the incident:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... ra-clogged" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Fair Use:
..CHICAGO — The derailment of three coach cars on a Metra train caused several track closings at Chicago Union Station and delays for thousands of commuters and Amtrak passengers Wednesday.

Metra officials said the third, fourth, and fifth cars of an eight-car SouthWest Service train derailed approximately 10:50 p.m. Tuesday as the train was arriving at the station.

The derailed cars remained upright and the five other cars and locomotive remained on the tracks. There were no injuries to the three passengers on board, Metra said.
For what it be worth, observed Amtrak #3 (30) "more or less" on time.
  by Backshophoss
 
WBBM reports that the Switch repairs will continue into tomorrow's AM rush,also RTA is asking for more $$$ from the IL statehouse
to handle some capital projects for "state of good repair" of the regional commuter rail.
  by ohioriverrailway
 
NICTD having wire issues. One train cancelled, others 45 to 60 minutes late. One report said diesels called out to assist.
  by orangeline
 
I understand that yesterday morning (Jan 18) there was a broken rail near the Clarendon Hills station on the BNSF that caused major disruptions on Metra BNSF, Amtrak and the freights that use the line. This morning (Jan 19) I was surprised to learn those disruptions are still in place. I'm no railroader or civil engineer, but it seems odd to me that "a broken rail" requires more than 24 hours to repair. Forgive my ignorance but why is that the case?
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Thank you, Mr. Orange, for an explanation.of what I observed yesterday afternoon on my walk over to West Hinsdale.

Must say I wondered why all traffic was proceeding "at speed not exceeding that needed to stop short of any obstruction".

Suffice to say at "school's out" time, Mom in her SUV was getting frustrated because Johnny was going to be late for Karate and Ginny was going to be late for her Ballet.
  by MetraBNSF
 
HC train 812 had an extensive delay this morning due to a locomotive failure. Unclear of which locomotive failed but this video from CBS2 shows F59PH 98 coupling onto the disabled train. This train arrived CUS over 2 hours late.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/12/03 ... r-delayed/
  by ohioriverrailway
 
South Shore back in business and Metra Electric sort-of after a series of wire breaks last week and a CN derailment that tore down catenary poles and caused substation damage.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
BNSF #1303 "due at Aurora 1001A has not left Union Station. Length of delay is unknown."

What now?
  by lstone19
 
Gilbert B Norman wrote:BNSF #1303 "due at Aurora 1001A has not left Union Station. Length of delay is unknown."

What now?
Getting alerts this morning for the MD-W for delays due to "Amtrak switch failure". Related?
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
#1303 passed MP 18.32 948A operating Non-Stop to Downers.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
istone19 wrote:Getting alerts this morning for the MD-W for delays due to "Amtrak switch failure". Related?
Well, if such be the case, Mr. Stone, the outcry will start to have METRA operate the CUS plant.
  by Nasadowsk
 
Gilbert B Norman wrote:
istone19 wrote:Getting alerts this morning for the MD-W for delays due to "Amtrak switch failure". Related?
Well, if such be the case, Mr. Stone, the outcry will start to have METRA operate the CUS plant.
Maybe, once passenger rail is considered a vital service, they'll hand it to a competent operator.

Amtrak's level of reliability wouldn't cut it in my industry. They'd be the star of the state DEP's violations reports in about a week...
  by ST214
 
BNSF line train 1229 has struck a trespasser near Belmont. Delay duration unknown.
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