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By adamg - 6/3/21 - 11:37 am
New Acela train

Next-gen Acela passing through Readville on a test run last September.

But this time, not on the Orange Line. The Washington Post reports Amtrak is delaying the introduction of new Acela trains by a year partly because it turns out they need some work due to the fact they're incompatible with the Northeast Corridor's tracks and overhead power lines. But, of course, Amtrak is also blaming Covid-19.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:23 pm

With President Biden proposing large new investments in rail service, Amtrak has come out with a map that shows new rail service west to Albany and north to Manchester, NH by 2035. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/21 - 6:21 pm

Amtrak reports that starting next month, you'll be able to sleep on your way down to Washington (or back up) in a private room: Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/21 - 3:24 pm

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. near Pagel Playground at the Jamaica Plain/Roslindale line, Stanley Staco reports. Both MBTA and Amtrak trains were affected; overhead power was shut off. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/20 - 5:00 pm

New train pases through Readville.

One of the first of the 28 new trains that Amtrak plans to replace the current Acela trains with made it to the end of the Northeast Corridor at South Station today. Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 10:32 am

Update: Trains are running again, but with diesel locomotives in place of the usual electric engines.

Amtrak reports falling trees did a number on the Northeast Corridor in Connecticut: Read more.

By adamg - 4/11/20 - 9:16 pm

Amtrak has halted Downeaster service due to the Covid-19-related decline in demand.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 7:58 am

Amtrak has cancelled all Acela Express service due to a lack of demand caused by coronavirus restrictions. You can still take a slower Acela Regional train to points south, but Amtrak is now running 40% fewer of them (the railroad has also reduced Downeaster service to and from Maine).

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 1:32 pm

Starting Monday, Amtrak is cutting its Northeast Corridor service to Saturday schedules; there just aren't as many people riding Acela these days.

By adamg - 1/24/20 - 8:53 am

WTOP in Washington reports an audit has found a good chance that the 28 new trains Amtrak was planning to begin rolling out next year could arrive late due to both manufacturing and management issues; delays could mean significant losses because the new trains can carry more passengers.

By adamg - 1/22/20 - 3:12 pm

New Acela Fleet Video on the Move at Hornell

Amtrak has released some video of one of its next-generation Acela trains outside the Alstom factory in Hornell, NY. It's scheduled for a trip out to a federal train-testing facility in Colorado next month. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 12:01 pm

A downed power line in Canton is causing major havoc for Northeast Corridor and Providence and Stoughton Line train service.

By adamg - 5/28/19 - 3:08 pm

An Amtrak police officer had probable cause to arrest an Amtrak worker at South Station in an argument turned shoving match over whether a woman with young children could board a train early, but the worker has the right to try to convince a jury the cop used excessive force once the worker was down on the ground and being cuffed, a federal judge ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/19 - 1:14 pm

Alon Levy ponders the oddity that is the Providence Line: Completely set up for more reliable electric trains, yet the T - which owns the tracks from South Station to the Rhode Island line - continues to run diesel locomotives on it.

By adamg - 11/28/18 - 11:31 am
Amtrak inspection car at Boston's South Station

Ezra Freedman reports this Amtrak inspection car pulled in at South Station this morning next to a more mundane Needham Line train.

View of the entire car (via Daniel H. Cantwell).

By adamg - 11/26/18 - 8:48 am

WBZ reports the Acela passengers were a bit less than pleased.

By adamg - 4/16/18 - 10:41 pm
Collapsing Albany Street bridge

Bridge chunks on tracks. Photo by KMV.

Granite blocks covering a retaining wall under the bridge that carries Albany Street over the Amtrak and commuter-rail tracks between South Station and Back Bay collapsed on the tracks around 6:30 p.m. WHDH reports no injuries.

By adamg - 3/10/18 - 1:17 pm
Amtrak baggage car

Jed Hresko spotted this unhappy Amtrak baggage car at South Station yesterday.

By adamg - 11/8/17 - 3:21 pm

About 18 hours after somebody was hit and killed by a commuter-rail train in Chelsea, somebody has been hit and killed by another train, this time by an Amtrak train in downtown Ashland. Transit Police report a man, 62, was hit and killed by the train at Front Street around 1:50 p.m..

By adamg - 6/13/17 - 8:21 am
Train car on fire in Mansfield

Photo by Mansfield Police.

A freight car full of construction debris on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield erupted into flames around 4:30 a.m., Mansfield Police report.

Crews were able to maneuver the flaming car from the area of the Rte. 140 crossing to tracks off County Street, where the thing was still on fire as of 6:30 a.m.

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