Rail service between New Jersey-New York back after delays


The Amtrak train disabled in the Hudson River Tunnel because of an overhead power issue, officials said. A rescue train sent to tow that train into the station proved no help when it was stopped in its tracks by the same electrical problems.

The "Silver Meteor" Train 98 from Miami to New York City stalled just west of the Penn Station platform, Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said.

Amtrak travel between NY and New Jersey was briefly suspended, but had resumed on Amtrak rails by 1:15 p.m.

Officials say approximately 600 passengers are on the train.

Meanwhile, at 4:35 p.m., an NJ Transit train was disabled at Penn Station, Tolbert said. Amtrak, which owns and operates the station, had been performing the work on nights and weekends and planned to complete it in a few years, but two derailments and other problems this spring persuaded it to step up the pace.

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Passengers on that train were removed and exited onto Track 15.

Amtrak is calling its first week of summer-long track work at New York's Penn Station a success.

No one was injured during the incident and the overhead power was restored. The Wall Street Journalreports that the national rail agency's COO, Scot Naparstek, said that work for the first week is being completed right on time.

Friday marked the fifth day of major repairs that are forcing commuter rail lines to cut back schedules at the nation's busiest train station.

The fix work at Penn Station has forced several tracks to be closed at a time.