Flooding disrupts 'Capitol Limited' service

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PITTSBURGH — Amtrak’s daily Capitol Limited is currently running only between Chicago and Pittsburgh, a result of flooding on its route. Charter buses are carrying passengers between Pittsburgh and Washington, and serving intermediate stops, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods.

Floodwaters have covered portions of CSX's ex-Baltimore & Ohio main line, between Cumberland, Md., and Martinsburg, W.Va. The most significant flooding is reported to be occurring near Great Cacapon, W.Va., where a washout may have taken place.

The first train affected was train No. 30, which left Chicago on Saturday, June 2. According to North America Intercity Rail Tools, that train was terminated at Cumberland on Sunday morning. Its consist was deadheaded back to Pittsburgh, where it received bussed passengers and departed early Monday morning as train No. 29. Sunday’s train from Chicago terminated at Pittsburgh, where Monday afternoon’s westbound Capitol will originate.

As of Monday afternoon, Amtrak had not responded to Trains News Wire questions asking for an estimate on the restoration of through service, or whether passengers were given the option of taking an all-rail route via Philadelphia rather than the bus substitution between Pittsburgh and Washington.

Nearly two inches of rain fell at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg from Saturday through Monday morning, according to Weather Underground, adding to ground saturated and streams swollen by heavy rains over the previous two weeks.

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