Cardinal Gets Interim Superliner Equipment

Amtrak’s Cardinal was given a interim set of Superliner equipment this week after the train’s regular Amfleet consist struck a boulder over the weekend.

The makeshift consist includes a single-level baggage car and four Superliners.

Westbound No. 51, which left New York last Friday evening, struck the obstruction on the Buckingham Branch Railroad at milepost 237.7 near Augusta Springs, Va.

P42 No. 125 suffered extensive damage to its main reservoir tank and was unable to continue on its own power. After several hours of unsuccessful repair attempts, two CSX locomotives were dispatched out of the railroad’s Clifton Forge yard to rescue the train.

The train operated 40 miles to Clifton Forge, arriving 10 hours behind schedule. Buses were waiting to take passengers to their destinations.

“One bus never arrived and the remaining passengers were placed in a nearby hotel overnight,” Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says.

The disabled consist continued to Indianapolis as a deadhead move on Saturday afternoon, pulled by CSX motive power. No. 125 was dropped off there for repairs at Amtrak’s suburban Beech Grove maintenance facility.

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