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An Amtrak train carrying 183 people has been stranded in OR for more than a day and a half in wintry conditions after it struck a tree that had fallen onto the tracks.

Another passenger posted a video that the National Guard was coming to rescue the crew but not the passengers.

Authorities are racing the clock to free almost 200 passengers who have been stuck on an Amtrak train in OR for two days.

It's the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles and one of America's most spectacular train rides in good weather.

The train was carrying 183 passengers, none of which have been allowed to leave the train since they became stuck.

During the 36 hours that the train was stuck, younger passengers helped older ones reach their families to let them know they were all right, said Rhodes, who was traveling with her brother to visit their 82-year-old mother in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

More than 24 hours later, there's still no movement.

The 183 passengers were kept on the train because the heavy snow had knocked out power in the town of Oakridge, the closest populated place to the train, Amtrak said in a statement.

Crews with Union Pacific, which owns the rail lines, have been helping clear a path to the stranded train, a Union Pacific spokesman told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday.

Dodson said Tuesday morning that passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available. We can't get of the train because there's four feet (1.2m) of snow in every direction.

Some Los Angeles-bound college students have "panicked" because their professors won't accept their excuse for missing class, Dodson said. Shortly before 10 p.m., Amtrak tweeted that the train was stopped near Oakridge, Oregon, south of Eugene, "due to mechanical issues caused by a downed tree on the tracks".

By Tuesday morning, at least 30cm had accumulated, the weather service said.

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party", passenger Rebekah Dodson told CNN.

"With local power outages and blocked roads, it was decided the safest place for our customers was to remain on the train where we were able to provide food, heat, electricity and toilets". Crews have been working day and night to clear the tracks and reach the train, but the weather is making it almost impossible.

The train was travelling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it got stranded Sunday, putting a strain on passengers as food, patience and even diapers ran short. "Moms are doing all they can right now".