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Amtrak Leaves Passengers Stranded on Broken Down Surfliner for 8 Hours

Amtrak Surfliner Fail
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The Amtrak Surfliner departed San Diego 10:35 a.m. last Saturday -- right on time. But Train 571, a weekend-only train filled with families and weekend adventurers, never made it to its final destination -- Union Station, LA.

Amtrak Surfliner 571 wasn't abducted, it didn't slide quietly into the Pacific, it was simply stricken with "mechanical problems" north of Oceanside, about 40 miles into the two-hour-forty-minute trip to LA..

After 30 minutes stopped on the tracks, passengers were notified of the train's "problems" and most remained calm despite being provided little or no further information. At 2p.m, 45 minutes after the train was scheduled to arrive in LA, passengers were told they were still stuck but that a new train was coming.

That train blew right by Train 571 on the northbound tracks just as four others would (and another two heading south) over the course of the afternoon and evening.