After earlier disruption stemming from fire at Harpers Ferry Bridge, train service restored

A Monday afternoon fire at the Harpers Ferry Bridge that connects Maryland and West Virginia disrupted train service into the D.C. area Tuesday.

There was no service on the MARC Train’s Brunswick Line out of West Virginia stations Tuesday morning, according to an advisory from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Service was restored in the early afternoon. The agency said delays of up to 20 minutes were possible west of Brunswick due to operating at reduced speeds and freight train congestion.

Amtrak trains traveling to and from Union Station in D.C. are subject to delays of up to 30 minutes due to disruptions caused by the fire, according to a social media post from the company around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited Trains 29 and 30 — which run between D.C. and Chicago — were canceled Monday evening following the fire, the company announced in a social media post shortly before 6 p.m.

The department urged travelers to listen for announcements at the Brunswick station, since some trains may board on platforms located at the far side of the parking lot. Trains could be traveling in both directions on all tracks at any time, so passengers should be cautious, allow extra time to park their cars and ensure they only cross the tracks at the Maple Avenue crosswalk, the transit agency said.

First responders were called to the scene of the fire around 3:45 p.m. Monday, NBC Washington reported.

Diners at nearby establishments “could see the embers burning and stuff dropping into the river,” Maryland resident Paul Leroy told NBC Washington.

WTOP’s Jack Moore contributed to this report.

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Kate Corliss

Kate Corliss is a Digital Writer/Editor for She is a senior studying journalism at American University and serves as the Campus Life Editor for the student newspaper, The Eagle.

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