28 August 2007
It seems that the press reports I mentioned about the Amtrak outage were not correct. A later report asserts that the problem was with a circuit breaker panel, and that the delay in restoring service was because of how long it took to get the new part.
The new article confirms, though, that Amtrak did have plans for passenger service during such an outage. That's excellent, even if some station agents were unaware of the backup procedure.