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South Shore Train Cancelled

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 27, 2008 4:40PM

All South Shore train service, which carries passengers between Chicgao and South Bend, Indiana, has been cancelled for at least the remainder of today due to damage caused to the rail line by a freight train. John Parsons, spokesman for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, said the service might not resume until tomorrow morning.

The damage was caused when a Union Pacific freight train ran a damaged wheel for several miles along the South Shore track in East LaPorte County, Parsons said. The wheel broke welds along the line, and several miles of track will have to be replaced, Parsons said.

The large freight train was pulling a full load of coal to Michigan City, Ind., [Parsons] said, and has been stopped on the west side of Michigan City.

Approximately 3,200 people were expected to travel on the train line today and are now forced to seek alternate transportation.