Metro-North & Amtrak back ontrack

July 11, 2010 6:11:31 AM PDT
Metro-North train service is back on schedule after trouble on the tracks made for a nightmarish commute on Saturday.

Passengers were stranded at Penn Station after electrical wires were pulled down by a Metro-North train near Greenwich, Connecticut.

Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker says damaged equipment on two commuter trains pulled down the overhead electrical lines on separate tracks near Greenwich.

Two tracks were shut down shortly after 3:15 p.m. when the overhead arms on a train ripped down some lines just west of Greenwich. About a half hour later, another train on a separate track pulled down more wires, forcing the railroad to suspend all service.

The down power lines knocked out Amtrak service between New York and New Haven, and caused extensive delays across Metro-North's new haven line.

Frustration ran high among passengers trying to get home, as service was suspended for hours.

Service was finally restored around 11:15 p.m., but with delays of 60-90 minutes.