December 24, 1991
Thousands of travelers were delayed last night after a fire at Philadelphia 30th Street Station halted all Amtrak and commuter trains there for several hours. This morning, trains were running normally except that commuter trains ran through non-stop because their upper-level platforms -- located above where the fire was -- were filled with debris. Also, highway access to the station was limited as a result of the firefighters' efforts. SEPTA hopes that commuter trains will be stopping at 30th Street by the morning of December 26. Last night, Amtrak and its contractors' cleaning crews reportedly worked heroically to permit normal service this morning, cleaning up the mess except that big fans were still in evidence, blowing out the smoky smell. The fire broke out at 5:00 pm yesterday and was confined to the old bowling alley in back of the ticket office and between the ladies' and men's restrooms. It had been used by contractors as a staging area. Minor smoke damage reached up to the 5th floor of the north towe
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.