Allegedly when Metro North was working on the Mount Vernon substation Wednesday September 26th which required one of the two 138,000 volt Con Edison feeder cables to be deactivated putting all power on the one only operating cable which burned out and place a nine mile segment between Rye and Pelham on the New Haven Line without power crippling through train service to and from Grand Central Terminal and New Haven and all Amtrak Acela service between Boston and Penn Station.
Saturday, September 28th Con Edison moved in three temporary transformers at Harrison Station to tap in electricity used for homes and businesses in hopes of at least providing temporary reduced power to energize the de-electrified portion of track to move some trains during Monday's rush hour Only. After the rush hour period diesel Push-Pull Trains will be used to and from Stamford and Grand Central Terminal since h temporary reduced power cannot handle the regular service which is expected to be back on line October 8th at request of Conn. Governor Daniel P. Malloy.
On Sunday September 29th the nine mile affected line was energized for test purposes, Monday morning. Amtrak operated two test deadhead trains to Boston from Penn Station through Bridgeport, CT. One was an Acela train at 1:00pm followed at 1:20pm by what would be Regional Train and AEM-7. All revenue trains were still AEM-7 and double A-A P40's pulling train to New Haven where AEM-7 and train continued. There was still no in service Acela trains and all southbound Regional trains still had P40's pulling an AEM-7 and other electric to SHELL, New Rochelle where it was uncoupled and electric power used thereafter to Penn Station.
Amtrak resumed partial Acela service Monday September 30th with first train leaving Penn Station at 6:00am.
Jerome A. Rosenfeld