Durham–UNH station

Durham–University of New Hampshire station, also known as Durham–UNH station or simply Durham station, is a passenger rail station in Durham, New Hampshire, served by Amtrak's Downeaster line. The historic depot, which now houses the UNH Dairy Bar, is situated just west of downtown Durham on the campus of the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The station is owned by the university, but an adjacent parking area is managed by the town of Durham. On average, about 161 rail passengers board or detrain daily at Durham, making it the third-busiest Amtrak stop in New Hampshire.[1]

Downeaster arriving at Durham station, May 2017.JPG
The Downeaster arriving at Durham–UNH station in 2017
Location3 Depot Street, Durham, New Hampshire
Owned byUniversity of New Hampshire
Line(s)Western Route
Platforms1 side platform
ConnectionsBus transport UNH Wildcat Buses
Bicycle facilitiesRacks available
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: DHM
Opened1912 (B&M)
December 14, 2001 (Amtrak)
ClosedJune 30, 1967
201957,040[1]Decrease 1.15%
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Exeter Downeaster Dover
toward Brunswick


Durham is served by five Downeaster trains in each direction daily. Durham is approximately one hour by train from Portland and 1:30 from Boston.[2] UNH students and Durham residents comprise most of the riders, as the lack of parking available to the general public means most commuters drive to and park at Dover or Exeter, the stations north and south respectively of Durham.

The university operates both a free on-campus bus shuttle service, Campus Connector Shuttle, and Wildcat Transit, an off-campus service, serving the cities and towns of Dover, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Newington, and Portsmouth. The bus services operate year-round but scale back outside of the academic year. There is a Wildcat Transit and UNH Campus Connector bus stop approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) from the platform on Main Street.


A B&M freight train passes the unused Durham station in 1976.

The Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M) began service to Durham in 1841, and by the end of the 19th century included 7 to 12 trains per day.[3] The tracks through Durham originally followed a course slightly east of the current alignment, with a station at Main Street. On January 22, 1905, an express train derailed in downtown Durham, injuring 11 passengers and prompting concerns about future crashes in the downtown area. In 1912, prompted by the town and the need to add a second track, the railroad moved its tracks further west away from downtown. Edgewood Road is now built on the former right of way. The B&M disassembled the underused 1896-built East Lynn station in Lynn, Massachusetts, and rebuilt it on the new alignment at Durham.[3][4]

In 1958, the B&M was approved to discontinue all its interstate passenger services. The station was sold by the B&M to UNH for $1 in 1960.[5] On January 4, 1965, the railroad discontinued all service outside Massachusetts except for single round trips to Concord and Dover, the latter of which served Durham.[6] On June 30, 1967, the Concord trip was cut back to Lowell and the Dover trip to Haverhill, ending service to Durham.[6]

Regular passenger service returned with the opening of the Downeaster on December 14, 2001.[6] The depot was maintained as a restaurant and renovated in 2007-2008 by the university with funding assistance from the United States Department of Transportation. It reopened on August 11, 2008, featuring an upgraded Dairy Bar (a restaurant operated by UNH Hospitality Services).


  1. ^ a b "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2019, State of New Hampshire" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2019. Retrieved December 9, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Amtrak Train Schedules". Amtrak. Retrieved 23 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Paine, Maggie; Woodward, Mylinda (Winter 2001). "All Aboard!". UNH Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780942147087.
  5. ^ "Durham, NH (DHM)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved 3 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c Belcher, Jonathan (19 March 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 11 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 43°08′23″N 70°56′09″W / 43.13972°N 70.93583°W / 43.13972; -70.93583