Grand Crossing

Friday was a memorable day for passengers riding Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited, but not in a good way.

Their train didn’t leave Chicago Union Station 2:28 a.m., nearly five hours after its scheduled departure time, due to computer problems that affected switches and signals.

As the old adage goes, late trains just keep getting later.

No. 48 was nearly six hour late by the time it reached its first station stop at South Bend, Indiana.

The delays ballooned to six hours, 28 minutes by the time it reached Bryan, Ohio.

The Lake Shore continued to run in the six-hour late range until it got to Cleveland where it departed just 5.5 hours down.

But the delays began growing again in New York State, reaching 6.5 hours at Syracuse and points east.

By the time No. 48 halted at New York Penn Station at 12:19 a.m., it was officially five hours, 56 minutes late.

In the photograph above, No. 48 is shown crossing the Grand River in Painesville, Ohio, on CSX tracks.

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

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