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3 Amtrak Trains With Hundreds of
Passengers Stranded Since Monday

ABC News, by Anthony Castellano

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 1/7/2014 9:03:25 AM

About 500 passengers aboard three Amtrak trains were stranded overnight in a remote part of northern Illinois because of blowing and drifting snow, Amtrak officials said today. The trains were halted late Monday near Mendota, about 80 miles west of Chicago. The passengers were aboard the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles, the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy, Ill., and the California Zephyr from the San Francisco Bay area, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told The Associated Press. The trains became stuck around 4:15 p.m. ET Monday after they hit a 12-foot snow drift that paralyzed the engines, passenger Bryan Plummer told ABC

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[with Caitlin Fallon and ABC News Radio]
Sinks and toilets reportedly backed-up and flooded over too. Blech.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lilo, 1/7/2014 9:28:22 AM     (No. 9682808)

Remote? 80 miles from Chicago. Sympathy for those stuck in the global warming freeze, have been stranded by blizzards myself. Just more proof that the idiots writing this drivel regard any place outside of large cities are remote. Want remote, try the northern plains, the taiga, the Kalahari or the Gobi deserts. Those places are remote. And lest anyone thinks this weather is unprecedented, read Laura Ingalls Wilder´s book "The Long Winter". Yes, the Laura of "Little House on the Prairie" Laura.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/7/2014 9:39:24 AM     (No. 9682822)

If they don´t get those folks out of there, it could turn into another movie plot a la Murder On The Orient Express.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: QRP, 1/7/2014 9:41:55 AM     (No. 9682826)

Sounds like one of the railroad scenes from the movie Atlas Shrugged.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/7/2014 9:45:48 AM     (No. 9682834)

How come every time passengers get "stranded", the sinks and toilets ALWAYS backup and/or overflow? Is this some kind of design flaw we should be looking at? Do peoples bowels/bladders go into overdrive in crisis?

I found this cringe worthy as well:

"Passenger Plummer said Amtrak gave them dinner but no snacks while he has been stranded."

Good God. No snacks!!? Do people know how child-like they sound at times like these? Does passenger Plummer (name changed to protect the weak) realize how hopeless he sounds. Now I´m being a tad facetious here, but I really am soooo tred of whiny peeps.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/7/2014 10:02:49 AM     (No. 9682864)

My first thought was, aren´t there any large tour buses with snow tires that could go out and rescue the people, but from the picture, I guess you couldn´t get a bus close to where the trains are stranded. Miles from nowhere --so to speak, if the picture depicts where the trains are stranded.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ohyababy, 1/7/2014 10:10:48 AM     (No. 9682884)

Totally feel sorry for the passengers - can you imagine? Hope everyone makes it home safe and healthy!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/7/2014 10:21:23 AM     (No. 9682905)

The Alaskan Railroad guys would have been all over this problem.

Helpful hint: Send out the track clearing plows before dispatching the train into the snow drifts.

Just an idea.

Oh....go ahead and dump the holding tanks.
While this sounds like a bio-hazard, it´s not as bad as having all your passengers swimming in McDoodoo.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 1/7/2014 10:35:04 AM     (No. 9682930)

I can´t help thinking of the guy who was stranded in his car for more than a week with nothing but water. These people react by whining that "they be is no snacks".

By the way, do diabetics travel with no backup plan? I don´t think I would if I were diabetic.

Lawsuits a brewin!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: frede, 1/7/2014 10:36:54 AM     (No. 9682934)

This is an article written by a a.. hole that knows nothing about trains. On a train, the toilet is a direct hole out, which you can see thru, to the tracks.

He is of the kind of idiot who would say "The train did not stop for the bus across the tracks"

The railroad (Amtrak or host) should have added a few more engines, and a plow. I hope they are intelligent enough to read the weather forecast.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 1/7/2014 10:37:16 AM     (No. 9682936)

Obamtrak. From blowin´ smoke to blowin´ snow.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/7/2014 10:56:02 AM     (No. 9682991)

Are we to believe that all three trains are stuck in essentially the same general location?
Did they all arrive at the same time? That´s really an impossibility, since there´s only one main line track through Mendota.
So with that the case, why didn´t AMTRAK hold the other trains at their prior stops when the first train became aware of the snow problem?

And this:
FTA: pokesman Schultz says snow and ice on the tracks are the main concerns and there´s no word on when they will move.

"We need to coordinate that really with the host railroads, over that territory we coordinate with freight railroads and they really give us the go ahead to proceed when it is safe," Schultz said.

Yeah, buddy. Freight first, cattle (people) second.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 1/7/2014 11:16:06 AM     (No. 9683019)

Al Gore must be on one of the trains for this to happen.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mossley, 1/7/2014 12:18:26 PM     (No. 9683127)

Psst, #1. The Long Winter really happened but the book is fiction. It´s not a realistic depiction of what really went on.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: f64, 1/7/2014 12:49:59 PM     (No. 9683154)

#7 - Danny and Animal could dig them out with their bare hands.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Tanker76, 1/7/2014 1:40:30 PM     (No. 9683206)

Toilets on trains are no longer a direct shot to the tracks - too unsanitary - Amtrak cars have holding tanks like RVs, etc.

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