Selma Union Depot

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Selma, NC
Selma-Smithfield CSX Freight-2-.JPG
Location 500 East Railroad Street
Selma, North Carolina
United States
Coordinates 35°31′58″N 78°16′48″W / 35.53278°N 78.28000°W / 35.53278; -78.28000Coordinates: 35°31′58″N 78°16′48″W / 35.53278°N 78.28000°W / 35.53278; -78.28000
Owned by Town of Selma
Platforms 3 side platforms (2 used)
Tracks 4
Structure type One story, gable roofed, brick building[1]
Parking 20 spaces; free
Disabled access Yes
Architect A.M. Griffin (1924)
Barry Rakes (2002)
Other information
Station code SSM
Opened 1867[1]
Rebuilt 1924, 2002
Previous names Mitchener's Station[1]
Passengers (2017) 13,724[2]Increase 4.51%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Charlotte
toward New York
toward Savannah
  Former services  
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Main Line
Selma Union Station
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Plaques for the depot's NRHP status and 2002 restoration.
Location E. Railroad St., Selma, North Carolina
Built 19 July 1924 (1924-07-19)
Architect Griffin, A.M.
MPS Selma, North Carolina MRA
NRHP reference # 82003482[3]
Added to NRHP June 24, 1982
Selma, NC is located in North Carolina
Selma, NC
Selma, NC
Location within North Carolina

Selma Union Depot, also known as Selma Union Station, is a train station and museum in Selma, North Carolina. Built in 1924, it is currently served by two Amtrak passenger trains, the Palmetto and the Carolinian. It is located at 500 East Railroad Street in the heart of downtown Selma. The Silver Meteor and the Silver Star have their northern split here, but do not stop in Selma.


The current station was built as a replacement for the original 1897 wood frame structure in 1924 by architect A.M. Griffin,[1] for the Atlantic Coast Line and Southern Railroads, and closed in 1971, when Amtrak took over passenger service throughout much of the country. In 1975, the people of the city thwarted the station's demolition, and beginning the year after this reopened the station as a museum devoted to the city's railroad heritage. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 24, 1982.[1] Amtrak service to Selma began on October 31, 1982, when the Palmetto began stopping there.[4]


The old freight house is located to the west of the station on Railroad Street and South Webb Avenue. A maintenance shed is located to the north. Two tracks exist along the east side of the station, another one exists along the south side, and the fourth is a section of curved track behind the station that connects two of the tracks. Three platforms exist at the station, one of which is along the curved track. A parking space exclusively for the handicapped can be found between the curve and the station house.



  1. ^ a b c d e Thomas A. Greco (August 1980). "Union Station" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ Norton, Debbie (November 11, 1982). "Businessbeat". Star-News. Retrieved 2011-07-04.

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