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Broken Train Engine Caused Tuesday Morning Delays

A train engine that broke down on the rail line north of Hamilton on Tuesday morning caused delays that lasted through rush hour.

A commuter train engine that broke down between Newburyport and Ipswich caused delays for commuters during rush hour on Tuesday morning.

Train 158 left Newburyport headed to Boston on time at 7 a.m. But somewhere between Newburyport and Castle Hill in Ipswich the engine broke down, according to Andrea Wheeler, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., which operates the commuter rail system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

That meant train 158 did not arrive at Hamilton-Wenham station on time.

After that, North Shore trains were delayed – ranging from seven to 16 minutes – until about 9 a.m.

Five inbound trains and two outbound trains from North Station were affected on Tuesday morning.

Three of those inbound trains made stops at the , including the train that broke down, which was scheduled to leave Hamilton-Wenham headed to Boston at 7:19 a.m.
While the T initially warned riders that delays on that train would be 30-45 minutes, the T said in the end that the longest delay ended up being 16 minutes.

Inbound train 198, which usually starts in Hamilton-Wenham headed to Boston, was delayed, as was inbound train 162, which is scheduled to leave Hamilton-Wenham at 8:14 a.m.

Outbound train 191, which is scheduled to arrive at Hamilton-Wenham station at 7:29 a.m., was also delayed.

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