Skip to comments.3 Amtrak Trains With Hundreds of Passengers Stranded Since Monday
Posted on 01/07/2014 8:51:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
About 500 passengers aboard three Amtrak trains were stranded overnight in a remote part of northern Illinois because of blowing and drifting snow, Amtrak officials said today.
The trains were halted late Monday near Mendota, about 80 miles west of Chicago. The passengers were aboard the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles, the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy, Ill., and the California Zephyr from the San Francisco Bay area, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told The Associated Press.
The trains became stuck around 4:15 p.m. ET Monday after they hit a 12-foot snow drift that paralyzed the engines, passenger Bryan Plummer told ABC News today by cellphone.
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Im surprised they didnt derail, not because of the snow. because they are amtrak.
Hopefully they had plenty of evil hydrocarbons in the tanks to keep these things running while they wait.
Considerably warmer temps are on the way.
Global warming kills hundreds as they froze to death...
I’ve had great experiences riding amtrak in the northwest. I know they are government subsidized, but it’s usually a well run operation, unlike 0bozocare.
“About 500 passengers aboard three Amtrak trains were stranded overnight in a remote part of northern Illinois”
Funny, I never thought that Mendota (which in the area where I live was remote) Chicago does not realize there is live beyond Chicago.
Winter had come early, in the last days of November. People said that it was the hardest winter on record and that no one could be blamed for the unusual severity of the snowstorms. They did not care to remember that there had been a time when snowstorms did not sweep, unresisted, down unlighted roads and upon the roofs of unheated houses, did not stop the movement of trains, did not leave a wake of corpses counted by the hundreds.The only difference is now that we know that the cold weather is caused by global warming.
Hate to rant, I hate lousy journalism, but I really, really despise lousy writing.
Should read "...stopped the engines cold in their tracks..."., not "paralyzed engines". imho
In the 1880`s here up til 1950`s the steam trains ran thru town -all the passenger cars had wood stoves inside and a supply of small logs to throw into it during wintertime.
Up to the 1960`s all the cabooses had wood stoves in case of snowstuck. I rode the steam trains in the 1940`s with my grandfather. [yea, I know, I`m OLD.]
This weather is God’s way of telling the AGW crowd to stay outta His business........
I wouldn't call that old.
If you would have said "I rode the steam trains in the 1960`s with my grandfather. [yea, I know, I`m OLD.]", that I would have agreed with. That is old.
What you are is something else entirely. /s>
Well run meaning turning a profit? If not, then it is not “well run” period.
The people are reportedly now on buses headed to Chicago.
I hear they are changing the name of the route to the Donner Express.
Awesome pic. Algore makes a better pj boy than the original!
He described the deplorable conditions but I was a kid and don't remember much. I suppose sickness, bathroom facilities and food supplies took their toll.
It was in 1952 and above is a newsreel from the time. Astounding footage. Well worth watching.
The US Coast Guard rescues some global warming nuts stranded in the Antarctic, but we can’t rescue 500 American citizens stranded by snow in Illinois... go figure.
After the Russian revolution, eastward-bound trains carrying people fleeing the commies were intentionally stopped so the passengers would freeze to death.
Any railroaders know that that means?
Does it mean they burned out the electric motors?
I’m not that familiar with the specifics, but if you restrict the engine air inlet enough with snow, the engine will stall.
OMG!!!, I’m sure this has NEVER happened before in wintertime in all U.S. railroad history, never!!!!! /sarc
Amtrak runs out of food even on bright clear summer days on three-hour trips, I wonder what those folks wound up having to eat.
I thought everyone in Illinois knew that you have to go south of I-80 to be in the uncivilized redneck territory.
My wife rode this route often. About once a year she would be on one that broke down.
Cold and snow did not seem to be needed!
The global warming nuts are also crooked “academics” paid for by Obama’s favorite donors. You don’t go on a lark like that without a pile of money. These are Obama supporters we’re talking about. Chop chop, make it snappy, Coast Guard!
Either snow in the motor cooling vents or brake hoses ripped off the front.
At a guess.
Paralyzed the engines.
From another article, it sounds like the engine got stuck in the snow. I saw no reference to the train loosing power, which is supplied by the engine.
I don’t recall reading the trains loosing power, so presumably the engines were still running.
Thanks for the link!
“paralyzed the engines”
I’m guessing the author is referring to “engines” as engine cars on the train. Only way I can make sense of it.
EXACTLY . . . I live 25 east of Mendota and certainly do not consider it “remote”.
We had power for around an hour, then the lights went out, then it got cold. I mean COLD.
It was the middle of the night.
It took another several hours for the front part to come back and pick us up.
I remember thinking, what the HELL would we do if they didn't come back and left us there?
That part of ND is so isolated, I remember thinking, even if I got out and walked for help, there wasn't a house within 30 miles.
We'd be dead.
Seems like every year or two someone freezes to death because they tried to walk to that farmhouse just over there...
Distances on the prairie can be deceiving, especially at night. What looks a half mile away is often much farther.
Best to stay with shelter. If you can't read the house number, or count the steps to the front door, it is likely too far to walk in subzero cold. Very few people dress for the weather (even here in ND) adequately enough to be out in it any length of time, and a half hour can kill you.
When he was in the Air Force in the early '60s, a couple of buddies and he got drunk while parked on a remote highway in Montana in the deep winter. Once they sobered up, the car wouldn't start, so he walked to some farmhouse many miles away.
He made it, and woke up the VERY unhappy farmer, but the guy came out and helped jump start their car.
My husband and I are doing an experiment on the dumb voters in our lives. We are saying this weather is caused by global warming in the same way you can actually freeze water by boiling it for a long time. It is our monthly, stump the socialists scheme.
actually, Mendota is pretty remote. You get there after leaving US hiway 58 at Hiltons.
It is home to the Carter Family Fold, the home of the Carter Family , country music and June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash.
The Southwest Chief runs right through my little town, and the route has been cancelled the last two days. There is just no getting through yet.
“It is home to the Carter Family Fold, the home of the Carter Family , country music and June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash.”
Does she still live there?
No, she died years ago.
The Carter Fold is now run by sons and maybe grandsons.
It is still Mecca and most desired credit for blue grass bands
One other totally irrelevant factoid.
On Clinch Mountain, there is the obsolete Mendota Fire Tower. It is on the mountain just over Mendota
Every fall, lots of bird watchers climb the mountain to make a continuous watch and count of raptors. It is all rigorously mapped out so there is always someone there during the migration to make the count.
The hawks of all species migrating south follow the Clinch mountain line by the thousands. The faithful bird watchers meticulously spot, identify and record the passages. It is said that the continuous air currents up lifted by the extremely long Clinch Mountain ridgeline make soaring easier thus reducing the burden of the long flight south.
If you are a bird person and want to see lots of raptors of all species, the Mendota Fire Tower is the place to go.