Snow-pile rocks locomotive plow delaying Detroit-bound 'Wolverine' Monday evening

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CHICAGO — An eastbound ride on Amtrak's Wolverine service Monday evening may have sickened a few passengers, but was not quite as bad as one radio station reported.

Chicago's CBS radio station WBBM reported early Tuesday that Amtrak train No. 352 from Chicago to Detroit-Pontiac, Mich., was delayed several hours in separate stops at Michigan City, Ind., and near Niles, Mich. Passengers complained to the station that during this time the heat went out and that they couldn't use on-board restrooms.

Marc Magliari, Amtrak's Chicago-based representative, tells Trains News Wire that the Wolverine did indeed stop after the lead locomotive struck a pile of ice and snow that a municipality had piled close to the tracks. Damage to the locomotive's plow required Amtrak crews to "trim" or re-align the plow so the train could continue on its journey.

While they worked during a nearly two-and-a-half-hour stop, crews had to cut off the head-end power to passenger cars — not cut out or uncouple the train. And, Magliari says, both Amtrak police and managers responded to train to pass out snacks to passengers and help however possible.

Delays on that route also delayed two other Amtrak trains on Monday. Magliari tells Trains News Wire that the passenger railroad will be speaking with the unnamed municipality involved regarding future snow piles.

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