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    Delays riddle at least three commuter rail lines during Greater Boston’s evening commute

    Several commuter rail lines were delayed Tuesday.
    Lane Turner/Globe Staff/File 2018
    Several commuter rail lines were delayed Tuesday.

    Delays riddled at least three commuter rail lines this evening because of a switch problem, according to MBTA alerts.

    A commuter rail train on the Needham line was stopped between Ruggles and Forest Hills stations because of an “Amtrak switch issue,” according to an MBTA alert updated at 5:50 p.m.

    A Franklin line train that left South Station at 5:20 p.m. was also stopped between those two stations, as was a train on the Providence/Stoughton line.

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    A train on the Franklin line was more than 55 minutes behind schedule because of the switch problem, according to a different MBTA alert.

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    A Stoughton-bound train that left South Station at 5:12 p.m. was operating 10 to 20 minutes behind schedule because of the switch issue, while a Providence/Stoughton line train that left South Station at 5:40 p.m. was between 15 and 25 minutes late, according to the MBTA.

    That agency also anticipated that the Needham line train scheduled to leave South Station at 5:58 p.m. would depart behind schedule because of the switch problem, according to an alert.

    Additionally, a Providence-bound train that left South Station at 4:30 p.m. was between five and 15 minutes late between Mansfield and Wickford Junction stops because of a mechanical issue, according to the MBTA.

    Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.