ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — An Amtrak train departed from Roanoke Tuesday afternoon and was expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. just under five hours later. Instead, that train made multiple stops during the night because of the weather, delaying it by more than eight hours.
The Amtrak train tracking map says that Train 66 on the Northeast Regional line left Roanoke at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 — just one day after Amtrak started offering both morning and afternoon options in both directions between Roanoke and D.C.
Amtrak posted on Twitter at 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday that Train 66 was being held at Quantico due to severe weather, but by 10:30 p.m., Amtrak announced that the train was back on the move and operating two hours and 45 minutes late.
Then, at 10:46 p.m., Amtrak posted that Train 66 stopped south of Culpeper due to downed trees on the tracks and severe weather conditions in the area.
After crews spent several hours working to clear the train tracks near Culpeper, Amtrak tweeted at 3:11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13 that Train 66 was moving once again, running seven hours and 25 minutes late.
In its most recent Twitter update at 5 a.m., Amtrak announced that Train 66 was currently operating eight hours and 25 minutes late north of Manassas, but did not share a reason for the extended delay.
According to the Amtrak train tracking map, Train 66 was estimated to arrive in D.C. eight hours and 16 minutes late and proceed to cut down that hour delay as much as possible on the rest of its stops along the Northeast Corridor before its estimated arrival in Boston at 12:25 p.m., which would be four hours and 27 minutes late.
However, the map has not been updated since 5:44 a.m. — the time that Train 66 was expected to arrive in D.C. — so there is no word on the train’s current status.
WFXR News has reached out to Amtrak for more information about this incident.
This is a developing story.