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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

noupt_state The New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (NOUPT) was opened in 1954 to consolidate passenger rail operations from the Crescent City's other railroad stations. It was one of the last union stations built in the United States, and bears the mark of the era's architectural style. Today it serves as a southern hub for Amtrak operations, including the City of New Orleans, the Crescent, and the Sunset Limited.

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The New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (NOUPT) opened on January 8, 1954 to consolidate passenger rail operations from the city’s other railroad’s stations and reduce the number of dangerous grade crossings throughout the central city. When it was built between 1947 and 1954, NOUPT was an ultra-modern facility with a stone facing. It was originally built at a cost of $2,225,000 and replaced the city’s five scattered passenger depots. At the time, this 53,600 square-foot structure was the only air-conditioned station in the country and served 44 passenger trains and seven railroads (although a partner, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio terminated passenger service to New Orleans just prior to the opening of NOUPT). Although the terminal was owned by the city, it was built and paid for by the railroads themselves.

This stub-end terminal consists of a modern waiting hall and covered platforms; its freight and express houses are now the domain of the New Orleans Arena and main post office. The NOUPT waiting hall contains the famous 2,166 square-foot fresco murals painted by Conrad Albrizio, a renowned professor of art at Louisiana State University, assisted by James Fisher. The murals depict the history of Louisiana in four panels representing the ages of exploration, colonization, conflict and the modern age. These murals were recently restored by the New Orleans Building Corporation, a public benefit corporation charged with managing and developing city properties.

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New Orleans passenger terminals / TRAINS magazine / collection

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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal #1

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW8
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Dec 1953, EMD #18294
  • series:306 produced 1950-54
  • engine:EMD 567b (8 cyls. 800 hp)
  • notes:
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    New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal #3

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW8
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Dec 1953, EMD #18296
  • series:306 produced 1950-54
  • engine:EMD 567b (8 cyls. 800 hp)
  • notes:
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    This page was updated on 2017-07-25