SHOPS AT SEABOARD STATION


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Shops at Seaboard Station offers a unique shopping experience showcasing local, independent retailers. Along with many unique specialty shops, you’ll also find a full service hardware store, fitness center, hair salon, and plenty of options for dining.

A former train depot and collection of warehouse buildings developed circa 1940’s, the property was redeveloped as The Shops at Seaboard Station. The history and character provide a foundation for a village-like atmosphere in the midst of high traffic, 24/7 activities.

HISTORY OF SEABOARD STATION

Around 1909 the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad merged with several other railroads to become the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. In the late 30’s Seaboard Air Line, which had the dominate number of passenger trains coming through Raleigh, decided to move from the original Raleigh Union Station to a roundhouse located just south of the current location of Seaboard Station.

Seaboard Air Lines Depot, 1950
NC State Archives

In 1941, they began construction of the new station called Seaboard Air Line Depot, which is the current location of Logan’s Trading Company. The new run-through station opened in 1942 and could accommodate longer passenger trains without having to back in or out of a station like the original Raleigh Union Station.

Seaboard Station served travelers until 1986, when CSX Transportation abandoned a stretch of rail from Norlina, N.C. to Petersburg, Va. and passengers could no longer head north from Raleigh.

Until 1986, Seaboard Station was the only station that served daily, long-distance Amtrak trains heading north. Trains then had to be rerouted — as they are today — through Selma and Rocky Mount before heading up toward Washington, D.C.

Passengers queue at the Seaboard Air Line
Depot, June 20, 1951.
NC State Archives

The station was abandoned, and all passenger trains were sent through the current station on Cabarrus Street, which was built by Southern Railway 1950.

The abandoned station sat vacant until the Logan family purchased the property and did what’s called an adaptive reuse. The station became Logan’s Trading Co., which sits there today.

Logan’s successful reuse sparked the restoration of the old warehouses surrounding the station, which are now Shops at Seaboard Station.