An Amtrak train derailed Sunday morning after it struck a backhoe on the tracks near Philadelphia, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, according to news reports.
According to reports at least four people were injured Monday morning when an Amtrak train derailed in Vermont—the second major derailment for the rail company this year.
In the National Transportation Safety Board’s ongoing investigation into Tuesday night’s deadly Amtrak derailment, investigators have found that a technology designed to prevent trains from traveling at dangerous speeds had not been installed on the stretch of track where Amtrak 188 derailed.
Less than 24 hours after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven and injuring 50 more, House Republicans voted to approve a funding cut to Amtrak’s budget by about a fifth.
Everyone who’s ever traveled to Europe, China, or Japan, comes back freaking about all the trains we don’t have. Amtrak trains are slow, unreliable, and, weirdly enough more expensive. In fact, they’re so bad, Amtrak’s own CEO cries about it. And it’s no one’s fault but our own.
According to the Associated Press, the DEA spent nearly 20 years buying confidential passenger information from an Amtrak employee in an effort to screw over the railroad behemoth.
One of the best things about taking Amtrak, America's Rail System That Is Woefully Inadequate Compared To Europe, is that it the trains have free wifi. The downside is that the free wifi is hilariously terrible to the point that it's nearly unusable. But that might change soon!
While Hurricane Sandy raged over the New York metropolitan area, the underground infrastructure of the city began to flood. Now Amtrak is revealing that they could have let Penn Station flood instead of the Hudson River tunnels, using a long-forgotten barrier designed to protect the city during World War II.
Friday morning, a 22-year-old Indiana man survived being struck by an Amtrak train reportedly traveling 110 mph. The man suffered only a few broken bones, despite being thrown more than 20 feet from the track.
The fastest trains in the USA are the Amtrak Acela, which hit a pretty decent 150 MPH. But on July 3rd, 1938, a steam-powered locomotive called the Mallard hit 125.88 MPH in England, and it's still the fastest steam locomotive in the world.
Getting tired of all the Tesla stories? I'm not. Getting away from the sideshow that is Elon Musk v. The NYT there's a much deeper truth about transportation and EVs buried in this story: driving a car from D.C. to Boston is a bad idea for most people. There's a much smarter, cheaper, and faster way to get from D.C.…
America is a car country. We always have been, and we probably always will be. But as much as we all love driving, we have to recognize that there are some downsides to not having a first-rate rail system like Europe or Japan.
Passengers on Amtrak's Cardinal service (Train 51) heading toward Chicago, Illinois from New York have been stranded in West Virginia since approximately 8:00 pm due to last night's storms, Jalopnik can confirm. Amtrak says 232 passengers were on board when downed trees forced them to stop. It'll be another few hours…
Yesterday's "Snunderstorm" (thunderstorm plus snow) is playing havoc with transportation throughout New York City and beyond. LIRR service is down. Amtrak's down. JFK, LaGuardia and Newark are closed. Even a subway train was stalled for hours in Brooklyn. More below.
A train from Baltimore to Philadelphia stalled on the tracks for ten hours last night. With doors locked and electricity waning, passengers cried and fought for emergency rations. A local news reporter happened to be on board, and tweeted it.
After checking out our Ten Worst Train Stations post, I recalled Hate Comics creator and brilliant libertarian ranter Peter Bagge's insightful comic entitled "Amtrak Sucks."
We've always lauded the Honda Fit for its high build-quality. Proof? One took down an Amtrak train in Chelsea, Michigan last night.
One of the biggest complaints people have about taking Amtrak is that they don't have their car when they get where they're going (that and the delays/long trips). Since the 1970's there's been a solution in the form of the Auto Train, which allows passengers to take their cars with them. The train only operates from…
This reminds us of that one episode of CSI where the girl got rear-ended by the guy in the big Ford truck in a bout of road rage and was pushed onto the train tracks, her Cherokee smashed to smithereens by a locomotive. Thankfully, this incident seems to be an accident rather than an act of malice, and everyone made…