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.