A train engine that died in Beverly caused the commuter rail delays on Monday morning - some of the most significant delays since January’s disastrous ontime performance.
In all, 12 different trains were impacted with delays ranging from seven to 35 minutes, said Scott Farmelant, a spokesman for Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Co., the contractor that operates the commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
Train 156 was headed to Boston after leaving at 6:49 a.m. when it died at Beverly Depot at about 7 a.m. The engine suffered a mechanical failure, Farmelant said.
That’s when train 151 – which was headed outbound from Boston - switched tracks to replace the inbound 156 train.
“They turned it around and they sent it inbound,” Farmelant said.
That caused the passengers on the first train that broke down to be 28 minutes late to North Station.
In January, were late, mainly because of the frequent snowstorms. But since Feb. 12 – after the last major snowstorm – the commuter rail has been on time 90 percent of the time systemwide. On the North Shore, the trains through Hamilton-Wenham station have been on time 86 percent of the time.
On Monday, the delays lingered until about 9 a.m. when the trains were back on schedule. Three trains were delayed by more than 20 minutes and nine other trains had smaller delays, Farmelant said.
Farmelant said the MBCR apologized for any inconvenience caused by the delays.