South Shore equipment repaired; trains expected to be on time for afternoon commute

2012-10-17T16:00:00Z 2012-10-18T07:40:08Z South Shore equipment repaired; trains expected to be on time for afternoon commuteTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 17, 2012 4:00 pm  • 

South Shore trains are expected to run on time for the afternoon commute after riders experienced significant delays Wednesday morning.

The electric commuter rail line was disrupted between the Michigan City Carroll Avenue and East Chicago stations because of a problem at an Ogden Dunes transformer.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Spokesman John Parsons said Wednesday morning's outage was related to problems experienced Sunday.

Early Sunday morning, a high-voltage power line fell across the Ind. 49 bridge over the South Shore Line. The line caused a short on the substation 2 miles east of the Dune Park Station, damaging equipment there. The damage forced the cancellation of some trains and delays of up to 90 minutes on others due to the need for reduced speeds in the area served by the damaged substation. 

Riders saw significant delays both days in Porter and LaPorte counties.

Parsons said a malfunction at the Ogden Dunes transformer, which was affected Sunday, occurred Wednesday morning. That malfunction caused equipment in Michigan City and Gary to shut down as a safety precaution.

But Parsons said the Ogden Dunes equipment has been repaired and expected trains to run on time Wednesday afternoon.

 

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