Latest Rail travel disruptions News

Commuter chaos in Germany due to rail strike over pay

Dec. 10, 2018 10:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A short-term strike by train workers Monday led to commuter chaos in Germany, with hundreds of delays and cancellations. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said the four-hour strike that began at 5 a.m. affected more than 1,400 trains nationwide, hitting long-distance traffic and also metro rail...

The Latest: Police say driver killed by falling tree

Dec. 9, 2018 6:27 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on severe winter storm hitting parts of the U.S. Southeast (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Authorities in North Carolina say a driver was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle. Police in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews said Sunday that the vehicle was traveling down a street...

Bush's presidential funeral train first in nearly 50 years

Dec. 7, 2018 10:34 AM EST

SPRING, Texas (AP) — The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies. "I might have left Air Force One behind," Bush quipped during the 2005 unveiling of...

Strikes dog Portuguese government amid continuing austerity

Dec. 7, 2018 6:31 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A walkout by rail workers over pay is disrupting Portuguese train services amid a spate of strikes by government employees. Staff at the state-owned rail company Comboios de Portugal, and its allied infrastructure management and maintenance companies, walked off the job for 24 hours...

Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

Dec. 7, 2018 12:49 AM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush's remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in...

The Latest: Thousands without power after major Alaska quake

Nov. 30, 2018 10:37 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Alaska (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A city official says thousands of residents remain without electricity after a powerful earthquake shook parts of Alaska. Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said Friday that progress was being made restoring...

Transport disruptions hit Greece as union protests cutbacks

Nov. 28, 2018 10:01 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Train and island ferry services in Greece were suspended Wednesday and most Athens public transport was idle as the country's biggest labor union held a strike against persisting austerity measures. The transport shutdown prompted Athenians to drive to work, causing major traffic jams...

Amtrak train stuck for more than 5 hours due to power issue

Nov. 26, 2018 6:42 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people spent the end of their Thanksgiving holiday stuck on an Amtrak train for more than five hours. The Boston-bound Acela had left Washington Sunday when Amtrak says debris caused damage to the pantograph that connects the train to the overhead power line in Queens, New York. The...

Grenade-shaped belt buckle halts trains in Madrid, Barcelona

Nov. 7, 2018 10:26 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A hand grenade-shaped belt buckle in the suitcase of a train passenger triggered major disruptions Wednesday on rail services in Spain's two main cities, prompting station evacuations before police declared the incident a false alarm. An official with Spain's National Police said the alert...

New Jersey cities' post-Sandy flooding plan is chosen

Oct. 26, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

An ambitious plan to protect three New Jersey cities just outside New York from the type of major flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy is moving forward. New Jersey officials have settled on the boundaries of a $230 million project in Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken. It calls for flood walls protecting...