Amtrak issues heat-related speed restrictions

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An Amtrak train waits at a platform prior to its departure at Union Station November 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Speed restrictions were implemented by Amtrak Wednesday amid a heat wave across the East Coast.

The restrictions concerned trains operating between Washington and Newport News, as well as Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York. Amtrak said in a tweet the speed restrictions may cause delays.

A heat advisory is in effect across the Hampton Roads region from noon to 7 p.m., as heat indices could hover around 105 degree (or hotter) for a few hours. Much of the northeast United States is also under a heat advisory for Wednesday.

Amtrak provided this statement to WAVY.com:

“Some Amtrak trains may experience delays due to heat restrictions in the Northeast. High temperatures can impact Amtrak operations as the extreme heat can cause both rail and catenary wires to expand. As a safety measure, Amtrak imposes heat restrictions, which require locomotive engineers to operate trains at slower speeds than under normal operating conditions. Speed reductions are based on the rail temperature, not the ambient (air) temperature. That data ensures we’re only issuing heat restrictions when necessary.”

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