A derailment near Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland altered Amtrak service between New York and D.C. this weekend but service could return Monday.
Amtrak is operating on an altered schedule between New York and D.C. this weekend but expects to have normal service by Monday after 20 coal cars from Norfolk Southern’s freight derailed in Harford County, Maryland.
The Norfolk Southern train derailment was north of Baltimore near Aberdeen sometime before 5:30 a.m. and stopped service for a few hours on Saturday. While Norfolk Southern is a separate entity, it shares tracks with Amtrak, according to a spokesperson from Norfolk Southern.
Train service should be back by Monday, but repairs could potentially take longer, according to a tweet from Amtrak posted Sunday morning.
Amtrak and federal authorities are on the site working with Norfolk Southern to repair the tracks to restore service, according to Norfolk Southern. The material on the trains isn’t dangerous and no one was hurt.
As of Saturday evening, the following service adjustments have been made:
Sunday, March 6
- Limited Acela Service between New York and Washington, D.C.
- Limited Northeast Regional Service between New York and Washington, D.C., and points south.
- Palmetto trains 89 & 90 (operating between New York and Savannah, Ga.) is canceled
- Carolinian trains 79 (operating between New York to Charlotte will operate between Raleigh and Charlotte
- Carolinian trains 80 (operating between Charlotte and New York) will operate between Charlotte and Raleigh
- Crescent Train 20 (operating between New Orleans and New York) will operate normal schedule
- Silver Star Train 91 (operating between New York and Miami) will operate Washington, D.C., to Miami
- Silver Star Train 92 (operating between Miami and New York) will operate Miami to Jacksonville, Fla.
- Crescent Train 19 (Operating between New York to New Orleans) will operate Washington, D.C. to New Orleans
- Cardinal Train 51 (Operating between New York to Chicago) will operate Indianapolis to Chicago
Adjustments were also made to Saturday service.
Early this AM, 20 coal cars derailed 20 miles north of Baltimore. Thankfully no one was hurt & the material does not pose a danger to responders or the community. @nscorp @amtrak & federal authorities are onsite & we are working together to restore service as quickly as possible.
— Norfolk Southern (@nscorp) March 5, 2022
The most current train status is on the Amtrak’s website and app. Riders can call 1-800-USA-RAIL if their trip has been impacted; change and cancellation fees will be waived.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated from a prior version to clarify that Amtrak and Norfolk Southern are separate entities that share a track.
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