Early commuters arrived at the Warminster train station Friday morning to an unwelcome sight when they were informed that service on the R2 rail line had been suspended.
A downed wire south of the Roslyn station forced SEPTA to shut down the R2 and advise commuters to find an alternate route. Assistant Conductor Matt Carcel stood outside the Warminster station to point travelers toward nearby stations that would take them to Center City. Those without cars were told to ride the route 22 bus outside Wal-Mart to the Glenside station on the Doylestown line.
The downed wire was discovered around 6 a.m., and crews managed to fix the problem and get the trains moving again by 9:30. The cause of the problem has not been determined, but press officer Andrew Busch suspects the combination of weather and old equipment was the culprit.
“We are working to get the lines updated,” said Busch, “but some of them don’t want to wait for us.”
Busch found some good fortune in the early discovery of the downed wire, before the train was in the thick of the morning commute.
“An alert was sent out and announcements were made,” said Busch. “We understand it was a major inconvenience for the 4,800 people who are served by that line, and we appreciate their patience. It could have been a lot uglier if it happened at 7:30, though.”