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Missouri Man Due in Court Monday in Connection With Stopping California Zephyr in Nebraska

October 27, 2017

A Missouri who got into the trailing locomotive of the eastbound California Zephyr last weekend faces a preliminary hearing on Monday in a Nebraska courtroom.

Taylor M. Wilson, 25, of St. Charles, Missouri, is due in court in Furnas County, Nebraska.

He is facing charges of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, felony criminal mischief, and trespassing.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000 and a judge has appointed a local attorney to represent Wilson.

Armed with a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, Wilson is alleged to have engaged an emergency brake, causing train No. 6 to stop.

Police said that when he was arrested, Wilson also had in his possession a speed loader in his pocket and two bags containing three speed loaders, a box of ammo for the revolver, a knife, tin snips, scissors and a ventilation mask.

No. 6 was nearing its scheduled station stop in Holdrege, Nebraska, when the incident occurred early on the morning of Oct. 21.

“We lunged forward in our seats and all the power went out, it went completely black in the train car and the emergency lighting came on which is just at your feet and it’s really sparse so we couldn’t see anything and we could smell something burning and I’m going to guess that was the brakes,” said passenger Bobbie Garris.

Garris said passengers sat in quiet darkness for over an hour. During that time, Amtrak staff rushed past toward the head end. They never explained what was happening.

Authorities are still unsure as to what Wilson’s plan was.

Amtrak released a statement saying, “The circumstances of the incident are under active criminal investigation at this time. Amtrak is working with law enforcement in Nebraska and will continue to cooperate fully in the investigation.”

Suspicious Luggage Prompted Evacuation of Lincoln Service Train in Illinois Late Last Week

October 23, 2017

Amtrak passengers aboard a northbound Lincoln Service train were delayed for more than three hours in Lincoln, Illinois, last Friday after a passenger reported suspicious bags aboard the train.

They turned out to be luggage that a passenger who had disembarked in Springfield, Illinois, had left onboard

Passengers were instructed to get off the train at the Lincoln station while police with bomb-sniffing dogs searched the train.

Authorities said there were 190 passengers aboard Train No. 302, which departed St. Louis at 6:40 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 12:20 p.m.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said in a statement that the evacuation of the train was a pre-caution. The passengers lingered outside the station waiting for authorities to allow them to re-board their train.

Under normal circumstances, No. 302 would have departed Lincoln at 9:05 a.m. Instead it didn’t leave until 12:40 p.m.

Three other Amtrak trains, including the northbound Texas Eagle and southbound Lincoln Service trains 301 and 303 were delayed by the incident.

A passenger who did not want to be identified said that the man who left the luggage behind “just kind of seemed like there was something maybe not quite right with how he was acting.”

A news account quoted a passenger as saying the man seemed like he was on edge.

“Well, before we stopped in Springfield, he said, ‘I’m going to leave my bags here, I need to get off the train, but there’s only clothes in there, I promise,’ is what he said,” the passenger said.

Another passenger, Carla Mayernick of Girard, Illinois, told reporters that when the train reached Lincoln, passengers were told to evacuate and leave their bags.

Terry Storer, the deputy director of the Logan County Emergency Management Agency, said, the investigation was standard procedure because abandoned packages raise everyone’s suspicion.

Passenger Barry Trump said the train left the station for undisclosed location, “which I thought was a great idea, so it didn’t blow up in the station.”

Nebraska Police Arrest Armed Man Who Got into Trailing Locomotive on Amtrak No. 5 Saturday

October 23, 2017

Police arrested a Missouri man early Saturday after he got into a locomotive pulling the eastbound California Zephyr and activated an emergency brake in Oxford in south-central Nebraska. That brought the train to a halt.

Taylor M. Wilson, 25, of St. Charles, Missouri, had in his possession a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolved in his waistband and a speed loader in his pocket at the time he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies of Furnas and Harlan Counties. He was held in the Furnas County Jail.

Police also found two bags with three more speed loaders, a box of ammunition, a knife, tin snips and a ventilation mask.

Wilson was en route from Sacramento, California, to St. Louis. He made his way to the trailing locomotive where he pulled an emergency brake at about 1:54 a.m.

Oxford is 23 miles southwest of Holdrege, Nebraska, a scheduled stop for Amtrak Nos. 5 and 6.

Wilson was initially detained by Amtrak personnel until police arrived.

He was held on $50,000 bond on charges of suspicion of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, felony criminal mischief and trespassing.