Rail Power Problems Persist Despite Upgrades

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Power problems on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor continue to cause headaches for rail travelers despite millions spent to upgrade aging equipment.

Three incidents this week caused significant delays between Philadelphia and New York.

Amtrak says service was disrupted Thursday morning and afternoon because a computer problem prevented enough power from reaching trains.

Trains sat idle for several hours on Tuesday because of a transformer fire in New Jersey.

Amtrak has spent millions to upgrade old electrical equipment between New York and Washington, D.C., since 2002 and received additional funding in 2009. But spokesman Cliff Cole says it’s impossible to completely prevent problems from occurring.

There have been seven disruptions caused by downed wires or voltage dips in New Jersey since March.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Larry

    if they are anything like BGE, most of the upgrades are for controls and not transformers and switches. BGE is still trying to catch up on their transformer upgrades. A lot of this equipment dates back to the 1930’s and require total system outages to replace. Same as BGE. There are still 1930’s era switches at the Riverside, Westport, Gould Street, and mane other stations.But its not just BGE and the railroad. This is a country wide problem.


    you need a whole new up to date system, fixing the old is not cost effective and will only drain more money, build a bran new system.

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