The late morning Amtrak train from Boston to Washington D.C. made an unplanned five-hour stop near Greenwich, Connecticut on Tuesday, as mechanical failure rendered the train and its passengers stuck. The train lost all its power for five hours, leaving toilets and climate control not working, according to the Associated Press via Yahoo on March 12.
Train 173 was stranded on the tracks and another train was sent to retrieve the passengers and continue the journey. That train also suffered a mechanical failure, so the passengers sat for a while longer.
Amtrak then towed the train full of passengers into the Stamford, Connecticut train station so they could get off the disabled train and continue their journey on a train that worked!
It was an uncomfortable delay for the passengers especially when New York City wasn't too far away from where they sat waiting. The folks headed for the Big Apple were just a stone's throw away in the scope of things when the train broke down. Passengers report that “people were testy” before they finally made it to the Big Apple.
The train left Boston at 11:05 a.m. and was originally due in New York City at 3:17 p.m., but when all was said and done, it didn’t arrive until after 8:30 p.m., reports Amtrak.