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Amtrak returns two Acela Express trains to service

Challenges continue to mount for Amtrak. Maintenance technicians late Monday, Aug. 12, discovered a fracture in the yaw damper bracket of an Acela Express locomotive, prompting the railroad to drop speeds on all its high-speed train sets Monday evening, and cancel the service entirely Aug. 13, while technicians inspect other trains’ suspension components.

By Tuesday evening, 11 train sets had been inspected: two were determined to be clear of defect; the remaining nine showed some deficiency in one or more brackets, ranging from cracks to fractures in the stainless steel brackets.

The two train sets that had been cleared were put into service Aug. 14, the first departing Boston at 6:15 a.m. and Washington at 6 p.m. to return to New York. The second was scheduled to depart New York at 8 a.m. and Washington, 4 p.m., to return to Boston. Officials put other trains into service on the corridor serving major stations with hourly departures during peak periods.

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