Mechanical problems continue to delay Boston area commuter trains

December 16, 2015

By Felicia Gans Globe Correspondent 

Commuter rail engineers are investigating a mechanical problem on the Kingston/Plymouth Line that left 65 passengers stranded for over an hour Monday night.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals 1 copy

Train 055 lost power around 10:30 p.m. between the Braintree and South Weymouth stations, delaying the trip by about 70 to 80 minutes, said Mac Daniel, spokesman for Keolis Commuter Services.

The delays extended through Monday night as a rescue train was unable to tow the disabled one as originally planned, officials said. Authorities sent the rescue train to the area shortly after the power failure, but it could not safely connect to the mechanical systems on the disabled train, Daniel said.

After repeated delays that stretched to up to 80 minutes, passengers finally arrived at Kingston Station around 1 a.m., Daniel said.

“We apologize for the inconvenience from last night’s mechanical problems,” Daniel said. “We’re investigating what happened last night regarding the rescue train’s inability to safely tie onto the other train.”

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