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Weather Severely Limits Train Travel

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The winter weather forced Amtrak to cancel many of its train services in North Carolina Wednesday, and cancellations continue Thursday. According to Amtrak’s website, the Carolinian service, which runs from New York to Charlotte, the Piedmont service, which runs from Raleigh to Charlotte, and the Crescent service, which runs from New York to New Orleans, are all canceled Thursday. Those services run through Salisbury.

Jerry Pickler is retired. He visits the train station in Salisbury almost every day to watch the trains pass by.

“Today (Wednesday) is much like a ghost town," Pickler said. "It’s real strange.”

Just a couple of trains ran out of Salisbury Wednesday. Nejuann Watts, a sophomore at Livingston College in Salisbury, got a train ticket home because his college classes are canceled too.

“It’s (taking the train is) safer than driving because I’d rather ride in the train or even flying on a plane than being on those slippery roads," Woods said. "Last time, two weeks ago, when it snowed here, I was trying to drive, and I was sliding everywhere.”

Watts says the train cancellations can have a big impact on people.

“Some people rely on their jobs just to get on their next meal or just to get by," he said. "And now they can’t do that because the only transportation they had is now canceled. It’s unreliable now.”

Pickler says he can’t remember this many trains being shut down at one time because of bad weather.

“It’s kinda hard to believe that they had the cancellations today but as the old saying goes, safety first.”

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