They're starting to load trains up, apparently the air pressure that drives the switches is dead. They're going to run around and hand throw switches to start getting trains moving.
I ended up on an express train to BWI, not even stopping at NCR, which apparently puts us at the front of the line to get out. Across the way, I can see them starting to load up the 6:00 Acela as well. What a week!!!
I managed to sneak in unaffected, but while turning in my money I heard someone claiming it was happening again. And if you look at the website, everything after me is delayed coming in to WAS, and a few were thrown in to service disruption station.
Will I be able to sneak out unaffected tomorrow I hope? h34r:
(Thanks AmtrakBlue for pointing out my mistake. Wasn't paying attention!)
Can confirm - I'm on the Crescent now, having departed 3 hours behind schedule due to a compressor failing on the switches. Doesn't matter to me since my priorities lay elsewhere, but Amtrak can certainly provide adventures, that's for sure.