Nine Hours to Richmond? Amtrak Train Finally Unstuck

Passengers were without heat for several hours

By Danielle Johnson
|  Sunday, Feb 14, 2010  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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Nine Hours to Richmond? Amtrak Train Finally Unstuck

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Amtrak's Acela Express was back on track Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. The Northeast Regional has some cancellations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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A train that left Union Station Saturday afternoon finally arrived in Richmond around 2 a.m. this morning. The train had broken down outside of Alexandria, leaving 111 passengers stranded.

Passengers were without heat, power or plumbing for about three hours, said Catherine Goulart, whose mother was on the train.

Train 195 left D.C. around 2:50 p.m. and sat on the tracks for hours due to mechanical failures, said an Amtrak spokesperson. The train got to Richmond at 2:12 a.m. -- nine hours and seven minutes late.

The region's heavy snow prevented Amtrak workers from offloading passengers onto buses or another train. The area was also accessible by road, officials said. In fact, Amtrak had to use another train to push Train 195 to Richmond. 

Goulart wrote in an e-mail to News4, "Amtrak still charged them full price for food and drinks and they ran out of everything. There were little kids on their that hadn't eaten anything. Not everyone had the money to buy food."

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