MENDOTA — Amtrak’s Southwest Chief stalled on the northeast side of Mendota Monday night when one of the engines experienced mechanical failure.
Passengers on the train were seen strolling along the tracks between U.S. 34 and 12th Street, just a few blocks short of the depot where the train was scheduled to stop. The train stalled around 5:30 p.m. and Marc Magliari, the Amtrak spokesman, said the train was delayed for more than six hours.
“We had to set off an engine which is still there, I believe,” he said Tuesday morning. “We leased a freight locomotive from our friends at BNSF.”
Magliari said the train had a second engine so there was no loss of power or other comforts, just the delay.
An Amtrak train last made an unscheduled stop in Mendota on April 6. At that time there was a small fire in a motor under the locomotive. Magliari said there are eight passenger trains through Mendota on a daily basis.
“Despite all our best efforts, mechanical issues are going to happen,” he said.