Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said earlier Saturday that train service in or out of the city was halted as crews investigated overhead power issues. "If anything, we are a little bit ahead of schedule right now", Naparstek said.
The trouble began when a train from Miami carrying 165 people stalled as it entered Penn Station about 11:50 a.m.
The first train's passengers were provided snacks and water, and power was restored in about an hour, the Amtrak spokesman said. A rescue train sent to tow that train into the station proved no help when it was stopped in its tracks by the same electrical problems. It led to the latest series of commuting delays in and out of New York Penn Station. "The train became disabled just west of the station".
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A New Jersey Transit train with almost 600 people on board was briefly disabled outside of Penn Station on Saturday afternoon. Tolbert estimated the rescue would take about 30 minutes. Work also is being done on switch #89 which was the site of a July 6 derailment of an NJ Transit train, he said.
The disabled train comes during what is called the "Summer of Hell" for commuters as many changes among the MTA, Amtrak, and NJ Transit are taking place as construction to rehab tracks and stations goes on.
Saturday's malfunction has nothing to do with the rehab project, officials said.