Spartanburg, SC (SPB)
The depot is the remainder of a larger station built in 1904 to serve three railways. Following a fire, the community rallied to restore the structure, which also houses a railroad museum.
290 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 3,777
- Facility Ownership: City of Spartanburg
- Parking Lot Ownership: City of Spartanburg
- Platform Ownership: Norfolk Southern Railway
- Track Ownership: Norfolk Southern Railway
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Spartanburg Union Station on Magnolia Street was built in 1904, and once served the Southern Railway, the Clinchfield Railway and the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway. In 1949, as many as 14 passenger trains daily traveled through Spartanburg along the Washington-to-Atlanta route, and both considerable freight and passenger rail commerce served to give Spartanburg its “Hub City” nickname.
Sadly, the original station building was torn down bit by bit until, in 1996, the remaining structure was gutted by fire. The week after the fire, 16-year-old Trey Davis III, then in high school, began an initiative to save the station through letters, editorials and visits to city leaders. The station was saved through a popular volunteer effort and subsequently restored. In addition to a passenger waiting area, the building houses the Hub City Railroad Museum. Displays explore the region’s deep and rich associations with the railroad, textile and agricultural industries.
Spartanburg is said to be named for the seasoned battalions of the two Spartanburg Regiments that fought under command of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan during the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781. The battle took place just north of what is now downtown Spartanburg. This overwhelming victory for the American forces turned out to be a deciding battle of the Revolutionary War and remains today a model of military strategy.
Early settlers to this area included French fur trappers, English woodsmen, and Scotch-Irish farmers. As with nearby Greenville, this area was also a favored hunting ground for the Cherokee and Catawba tribes, which occupied land west and east of this area, respectively.
Cotton mills, though relatively sparse in the Spartanburg area before the Civil War, abounded here afterwards as in much of the Piedmont South, encouraged by the many streams and waterfalls associated with the fault line that runs through this area. The local economy has benefited from the BMW manufacturing plant located in the western end of Spartanburg County since 1996. Spartanburg is also home to the world headquarters and research facility for Milliken & Company, one of the world’s largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers.
Within the past decade, developers and community leaders have established an effort to revitalize Spartanburg’s downtown district. This has resulted in the remodeling of Morgan Square, the restoration of a number of historic structures, and the relocation of several businesses and company headquarters to their downtown district. Today, the restored Magnolia Street station hosts the Hub City Farmer’s Market weekly on its grounds. Numerous festivals are also held downtown throughout the year. Other attractions include the Spartanburg Museum of Art, the Spartanburg Regional (history) Museum, and the Spartanburg Science Center, as well as the Chapman Cultural Center, and the showroom home of Hub-Bub and the Hub City Writer’s project.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 10 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.