Built in 1924, restored in 2002:
the Selma Station now serves four Amtrak trains daily
November 2002 brought a fitting finish to a 27-year saga that saved one of Eastern North Carolina's historical landmarks.
Selma Union Depot – built in 1924 by the Atlantic Coast Line and Southern railroads to serve their passengers – re-opened, in better shape than ever. Not only has the station been handsomely restored inside and out, but its grounds have been beautifully landscaped with sidewalks and paved parking, vintage lighting fixtures and foliage. Visitors to the station will enjoy museum-quality exhibits on the history of the railroad in Johnston County and in particular the Town of Selma, and local history of events and the people of Selma.
Selma Union Depot is now serving passengers riding Amtrak's daily Carolinian between New York City and Charlotte and Amtrak's daily Palmetto that runs between New York City and Savannah.
Selma Union Depot was almost lost when the N.C. Utilities Commission in 1975 approved the railroads' petition to tear it down. The vacant building was saved when the Town of Selma objected and worked out a plan to accept title to the property and relieve the railroads of liability concerns.
Closed since the railroads ceased passenger service to Selma with the creation of Amtrak in 1971, Union Depot was temporarily opened in July 1976 as a museum and focal point of Selma's first celebration of "Railroad Days" as part of the nation's Bicentennial. The station became a train station again in 1982 when Amtrak agreed to begin scheduled stops for its north-south Palmetto.
With the station's re-opening in 2002, NCDOT is providing attendants to be on duty during train times to assist passengers. Tickets are sold via an AMTRAK ticket machine.
500 Railroad St.
Selma, NC 27576
Amtrak Service Center 1-800-USA RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Hours:· 10:30am until last train runs, 7 days a week or 10:30am-4:30pm.