South Shore Train Stalled for over 5 Hours Due to Loss of Power

December 9, 2017-A South Shore passenger train was stuck in Ogden Dunes for nearly 4 hours earlier today as a catanary caught fire and caused a loss of power. According to witness Phill Bisping who reported the outage by calling 9-1-1 at 10:03 a.m. today, “I saw the train stopping I was at the light waiting to turn into Ogden dunes heard an arc. . . live wires were on the train flaming when I called 911.” NICTD, operator of the South Shore first reported the outage via e-mail at 11:24 a.m. today:

Subject: NICTD Weekend Service Service Update
From: SouthShoreServiceAlert
Date: Sat, December 9, 2017 11:24 am
To: ken@nwigazette.com
Priority: Normal
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WB Trains, 852 & 606 are currently stopped due to no power. EB Train 503 is
currently stopped due to wire being down. Duration of delays are unknown at this
time and will update when on the move.

At 3:24 pm NICTD reported that trains were running but were approximately 60 minutes behind schedule:

Subject: NICTD Weekend Service Service Update
From: SouthShoreServiceAlert
Date: Sat, December 9, 2017 3:14 pm
To: ken@nwigazette.com
Priority: Normal
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The extra train scheduled to depart Millennium Station at 4:25p has been canceled
due to earlier power outage. All other service is restored with approximately
60-minute delays expected for Train 506.

If you were on the stalled train, we want to hear from you. Leave us a comment or write to ken@nwigazette.com

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Comments

  1. Tom Collis Reply

    We were stranded on 102 heading toward Chicago. We understood there was a problem and your team needed to figure it out but communication was really bad. especially when the conductor said the train was being split in half with the front half heading to Chicago. We asked if they felt the train would make it and got a response “we felt pretty confident this morning too” This left many wondering why it would continue and a bunch of people bailed and got off. We took a gamble and stayed on and did make it to Chicago 4 hours later than anticipated.

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