Amtrak train departs Lynchburg after passengers stranded for more than 30 hours

LYNCHBURG, Va. – At about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Crescent Train 20 departed Lynchburg en route to its final destination of New York City.

If the train can remain on schedule for the rest of its stops, it will get to Washington D.C. at about 8:19 p.m. and arrive in NYC at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday.

At 12:18 p.m., an Amtrak spokeswoman responded to one of our emails, with near-verbatim to the tweet sent out about 11 hours earlier.

An Amtrak train which departed New Orleans on January 2 is stopped north of Lynchburg, Va., due to ongoing weather conditions. Once the tracks are clear, service will resume en route to New York. Our staff is working to make sure food and water is available for customers.

Amtrak spokeswoman

Monday’s winter storm has left hundreds on an Amtrak train stuck in Lynchburg.

The 20 Crescent Train, which originates out of New Orleans, was supposed to leave Lynchburg at 9:41 a.m. Monday and be in Washington, D.C. at 1:45 p.m; however, more than 24 hours later, the train is still in the Hill City.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, Amtrak tweeted that the train was stopped north of Lynchburg due to fallen trees.

Those downed trees are in Nelson County, according to Lynchburg city leaders.

About two hours later, Amtrak posted an update, that the train was still stopped in Lynchburg.

Then, on Tuesday morning at 1:21 a.m., Amtrak posted a nearly identical update that work is still underway to clear the tracks.

One woman 10 News talked with on Tuesday said she drove to Lynchburg from Virginia Beach to pick up her elderly mother who was taking the train to Washington, D.C.

Passengers told 10 news that they are without food and water and some are running out of medicine.

More than 200 passengers and six crew members are aboard the train with a final destination of New York City.

According to Amtrak’s Train Status tool, this particular train has already made it to Washington, D.C., despite it still being on the tracks in Lynchburg.

Screen capture taken on Jan. 4, 2022 shows that Amtrak shows the 20 Crescent train that departed New Orleans on Jan. 2 having arrived in Washington, D.C. at 12:34 a.m. on Jan. 4, despite the train still being stuck in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Amtrak)

10 News has made multiple attempts to reach Amtrak officials and has so far has received no response.

Below is the full schedule for the 20 Crescent Train:

Departs New Orleans, LA (NOL) - 9:15a Sunday (1/2)

  1. 10:10a | 10:12a - Slidell, LA (SDL)
  2. 10:35a | 10:37a - Picayune, MS (PIC)
  3. 11:41a | 11:45a - Hattiesburg, MS (HBG)
  4. 12:18p | 12:20p - Laurel, MS (LAU)
  5. 1:32p | 1:37p - Meridian, MS (MEI)
  6. 3:11p | 3:14p - Tuscaloosa, AL (TCL)
  7. 5:15p | 5:24p - Birmingham, AL (BHM)
  8. 6:57p | 6:59p - Anniston, AL (ATN)
  9. 11:00p | 11:29p - Atlanta, GA (ATL)
  10. 2:21a | 12:24a - Gainesville, GA (GNS)
  11. 1:03a | 1:05a - Toccoa, GA (TCA)
  12. 1:40a | 1:41a - Clemson, SC (CSN)
  13. 2:18a | 2:23a - Greenville, SC (GRV)
  14. 3:01a | 3:04a - Spartanburg, SC (SPB)
  15. 4:04a | 4:04a - Gastonia, NC (GAS)
  16. 5:06a | 5:31a - Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  17. 6:15a | 6:17a - Salisbury, NC (SAL)
  18. 7:01a | 7:01a - High Point, NC (HPT)
  19. 7:22a | 7:29a - Greensboro, NC (GRO)
  20. 8:26a | 8:28a - Danville, VA (DAN)
  21. 9:37a | 9:41a - Lynchburg, VA (LYH)
  22. 10:49a | 10:54a - Charlottesville, VA (CVS)
  23. 11:45a | 11:46a - Culpeper, VA (CLP)
  24. 12:18p | 12:20p - Manassas, VA (MSS)
  25. 1:22p | 1:22p - Alexandria, VA (ALX)
  26. 1:45p | 2:15p - Washington, DC (WAS)
  27. 2:40p | 2:41p - BWI Marshall Airport, MD (BWI)
  28. 2:55p | 2:57p - Baltimore, MD (BAL)
  29. 3:45p | 3:48p - Wilmington, DE (WIL)
  30. 4:14p | 4:17p - Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  31. 4:45p | 4:45p - Trenton, NJ (TRE)
  32. 4:57p | 4:57p - Princeton Junction, NJ (PJC)
  33. 5:11p | 5:11p - New Brunswick, NJ (NBK)
  34. 5:21p | 5:21p - Metropark, NJ (MET)
  35. 5:36p | 5:36p - Newark, NJ (NWK)
  36. Arrives New York, NY (NYP) - Monday 6:00p (1/3)

About the Authors:

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.