Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Kemper Street Station
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1873.
Location. 37° 24.377′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); Horse Drawn Road Grader (approx. 0.3 miles away); Model 1474 Gallion Roller (approx. 0.3 miles away); Anne Spencer and Her Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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,
Four daily Amtrak trains serve Lynchburg from this station today. A Northeast Regional train originates here in Lynchburg in the morning and travels to Boston via Washington and New York with the return train from Boston arriving late in the afternoon; and the southbound and northbound Crescent, trains No. 19 and 20, arriving at 10 PM from New York and Washington en route to Atlanta, Birmingham, and New Orleans and at 6 AM northbound.
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
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
The city was waking up when train No. 30, the northbound Birmingham Special, to Washington and New York stopped at the station at 7:15 AM. It was followed an hour later by train No. 25, the southbound Memphis Special from New York and Washington with connecting service to Nashville at Chattanooga.
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
In 1956 it was the Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans Express, the Birmingham Special, the Crescent, The Augusta Special, the Asheville Special, The Southerner, The Peach Queen, The Pelican, the Piedmont Limited, and The Tennessean.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 751 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 8, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 9, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.