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Columbia Union Station — Columbia, South Carolina

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Union Station in Columbia was built in 1902 and was originally the home of the Southern Railway and Atlantic Coast line. However, due to reduced rail traffic in the 1950s, it has since been converted into a popular restaurant. Even though the Southern Railway and Atlantic Coast line no longer operate here, the CSX and Norfolk Southern trains still pass by on the tracks near the south side of the building.

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Union Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Special thanks to Ann Helms of Spartanburg for providing this picture and historical information.

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4 Comments about Columbia Union Station

Ron SheppardNo Gravatar says:
June 9th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

There was a two lane bridge by Union Station that crossed over the tracks on Assembly Street. This bridge was torn down probably in the 60s. I have been trying to find a picture of this bridge for years. Can anyone help me? Email to

Ron VarnerNo Gravatar says:
February 24th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

My father was a conductorfor Southern Railway. As an 8/9 year old, I rode many times to Columbia from Charleston on passenger train 27/28. Recently I was in arestaurant and realized this was the old Union Station. Brought back a flood of great memories.

Joe HinsonNo Gravatar says:
January 15th, 2013 at 11:35 am

Norfolk Southern (formerly Southern) trains pass on the tracks directly beside the building. CSX passes further down Assembly on the former ACL. ACL passenger trains would have had to get on the Southern tracks back in the day.

maurice englishNo Gravatar says:
November 28th, 2010 at 1:28 am

September 1951, along with 3 other US Air Force volunteers, I left union station on the way to Atlanta to make connections to go west to Texas. Although it was segregated, we were treated with respect.


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