CHICAGO (CBS) — An Amtrak train headed from Chicago to New York and Boston was delayed for more than 13 hours, and scores of passengers were left scratching their heads, due to several conflicting explanations for the holdup.
The Lake Shore Limited train, carrying about 170 passengers, was supposed to leave Union Station at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, but didn’t move out of the station until early Thursday morning, and then head to go back because the company that owns the tracks on which the train runs wanted the train crew to be more rested, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. It didn’t move again until 10:45 a.m. Thursday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois, Winter Storm Watch For Parts Of Indiana
Faith Barlow, who was headed home to Albany, New York, from Flagstaff, Arizona, was expecting a six-hour layover when she arrived in Chicago around 3 p.m., but she didn’t expect that wait to turn into a nearly daylong ordeal, with several chilly hours just waiting for her train to pull up to the platform.
First, passengers were told there was a weather-related mechanical problem, and then later were told it needed to pick up another car.
“We were supposed to leave at 9:30. They told us that there was going to be a delay,” she said. “They said, ‘Oh, you know, it’ll be fine. It’s just going to be a little delay. …Then they came back on and they said ‘Okay, well, the train is going to be pulling in any minute. Everybody line up. Get your IDs ready. Get your tickets ready.’”