There seems to be a rash of recent disabled freight locomotives blocking Amtrak from reaching it’s destination past few months. I don’t recall as many equipment breakdowns in previous years. Amtrak has had it’s own problems with it’s overworked engines experiencing mechanical issues.
Don’t know if there is anyone who keeps track of locomotive model or if this is more prevalent with one host railroad versus others. Be interesting to know if there is a pattern. Most likely just normal operations. Equipment breaks in all industries daily. Needing fixed or replaced.
Could be that Amtrak public reporting has improved. Making it seem like more events than in past.