Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Kemper Street Station
Location. 37° 24.377′ N, 79° 9.412′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is on Kemper Street just north of Park Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the Amtrak station for Lynchburg, on the information kiosk, on the far side. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Inner Defenses (approx. ¼ mile away); John Warwick Daniel (approx. ¼ mile away); Camp Davis (approx. ¼ mile away); Amelia Perry Pride’s Dorchester Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); C.W. Seay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chauncey E. Spencer, Sr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Inner Defenses (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Anne Spencer House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
Regarding Kemper Street Station. Today the Amtrak station is on the lower level of the building, trackside. The the platform for the far track has been removed along with the stairway and the passenger overpass. The far track of the two-track main line can no longer handle passenger boarding and detraining. A third stub track with its own platform is just to the north of the station. Greyhound’s bus station is in the upper level, streetside, as is Greater Lynchburg Transit’s customer service center. Lynchburg Parks and Recreation has offices in the building as well as The Nature Zone, a hands-on staffed naturalist museum and live animal display.
The December 1925 Official Guide to the Railroads lists 16 Southern Railway trains stopping at Kemper Street Station every day. (Six other Southern passenger trains stopped at Lynchburg’s Union Station downtown along with Chesapeake & Ohio and Norfolk & Western trains.) The May 1944 OGR lists 22 trains a day. The March 1957 OGR list 20 trains.
In December, 1925, The first train of the day just after midnight at 12:18 AM was the combined trains Nos. 15 and 31, the southbound Augusta Special, from New York via Washington. It had left New York at 1:10 PM would later split at Salisbury SC with No. 15 continuing to Asheville NC and No. 31 to Augusta GA. It was followed at 1:40 AM by train No. 38, the northbound all-Pullman (first
Train No. 42, the northbound Washington, Chattanooga and New Orleans Limited was next at 2:17 AM (it continued to New York from Washington) followed at 2:30 by the combined Trains No. 16 and 32 the northbound Augusta Special from Asheville NC and Augusta GA to Washington and New York. At 2:50 AM train No. 33, the southbound Piedmont Limited, from New York stopped en route to New Orleans via Montgomery AL.
At 3:10 AM it was Train No. 40 from Atlanta to Washington and New York followed 5 minutes later by train No. 41, the southbound Washington, Chattanooga and New Orleans Limited. Still before dawn at 4:05 AM train 39 southbound from New York and Washington to Atlanta made a stop at the station. Then at 5:35 AM train No. 37, the southbound Crescent Limited was due.
Most likely there were very few passengers boarding or detraining from these overnight trains. There would be plenty of trains arriving during the day and early evening hours at this and at Union Station downtown that were more convenient for Lynchburg patrons.
After all that activity no passenger trains were scheduled at this station until 4:23 PM when train No. 36, the southbound New York - Washington - Atlanta - New Orleans Express, stopped at Kemper Street Station. Two minutes later, its northbound version, train No. 35 was expected on the other platform.
The last two trains of the day in 1925 left at 7:17 PM northbound and 8:05 PM southbound. They were train No. 26, the Memphis Special, and train No. 29, the Birmingham Special.
In 1944 the named trains stopping at Kemper Street Station included The Southerner, the Aiken-Augusta Special, the Asheville Special, The Crescent, the Birmingham Special, the Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans Express, The Tennessean, and the Piedmont Limited with their parlor cars, dining cars, and sleepers.
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