Amtrak said it resumed some train service between eastern states late Saturday afternoon, hours after storm damage delayed trips for many passengers in the Charlotte region and elsewhere.
Still, the company said passengers should still expect significant delays, and even some additional cancellations, as it worked to fully restore operations. It was not immediately clear when service would be restored in the Charlotte area.
Train officials said downed trees and wires in multiple locations caused power loss and made the railroad impassable between Washington and Philadelphia.
But around 4 p.m. Saturday, Amtrak said it had completed enough repairs and clean-up to be able to offer limited service between the cities. Crews will continue to work on repairs so service can be fully restored, according to an alert on the Amtrak website.
Amtrak’s number 79 route, the Carolinian, makes several stops in North Carolina, including Charlotte. The Amtrak website said officials were unable to provide estimated departure and arrival times for Saturday trips because of the service disruption.
The train system said it would offer a refund or voucher for a future trip to passengers who had paid for a ticket but decided not to travel because of the service disruption. It said some tickets booked online could be modified or cancelled at Amtrak.com
Meanwhile, passengers were encouraged to call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for other assistance.