Amtrak Train Headed For NYC Ends Up In Philly Suburbs Because Aren’t Surprises Fun?

Passengers aboard an Amtrak train that departed Harrisburg, Pa. were probably looking forward to taking in the sights of New York City, considering that’s where everyone on the locomotive thought they were going (do they still call them locomotives or did my grandfather just take over my brain?). But never mind the Empire State Building, aren’t the Philadelphia suburbs charming?

Instead of arriving in the Big Apple, the train somehow took a wrong turn, which is apparently possible on train tracks, and ended up at the local train station in Bala Cynwyd, which is outside of Philly and not Wales as one might think from its name.

It seems the train missed a signal at some point along the way after leaving Philadelphia until finally reaching its wrong destination.

SEPTA officials helped the crew get the train back to Philly, where passengers got off that train and finally boarded another one to take them to the Big Apple at last.

An Amtrak spokesman tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that the train’s crew won’t work until they’ve gone through additional training.

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    Isn’t computers supposed to prevent this from happening???
    Like shouldn’t the train have automatically applied the brakes as soon as they went the wrong way?