Conception of a New Orleans belt line railroad discussed. Municipal Affairs Committee wants to provide railroad service to Port of New Orleans areas to encourage commercial development. At this time, individual trunk lines serve different areas of the riverfront.
Municipal Affairs Committee proposal.
Municipal Affairs Committee proposes the New Orleans Belt Railroad, to be owned and operated by the City of New Orleans. The railroad would provide uniform rail service to the entire area adjacent to the Port, and would handle traffic moving via all of the trunk lines reaching the city. The goal was to provide impartial rail service in an efficient and cost-effective way.
City of New Orleans Ordinance No. 2683
City of New Orleans Ordinance No. 2683 - amends and re-enacts Ordinance No. 147 of August 7, 1900. This new ordinance provides for operation of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad to be vested in a Board of Commissioners, composed of the Mayor and sixteen citizen taxpayers of the City. The Commissioners are to be appointed by the Mayor, by and with approval of the City Council, and are to be duly qualified electors, who have resided in New Orleans continuously for a period of five years. This same ordinance also provides for the $10,000 annual appropriation for acquisition of property and construction of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad to be extended to 1915, a total of fifteen years.
Actual construction of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad begins.
Actual operation of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad begins. NOPB owns over twenty miles of track, extending from the Monticello Street to Mandeville Street - with one locomotive.
State of Louisiana Constitution
State of Louisiana Constitution sets forth the present day plan for the control and operation of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, which was adopted as a Statute by Louisiana Act No. 245 of 1976.
Construction of Huey P. Long Bridge
Construction of the Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi River begins.
Huey P. Long Bridge Completed
First train passes over the new Huey P. Long Bridge.
First Diesel Locomotive
Purchase of first diesel locomotive - Baldwins 31-33. Large (900 HP) Diesel switchers purchased for use on the Huey P. Long Bridge. While they didn't work the bridge for very long, they were not retired until 1969.
Locomotive No 41
NOPB Purchases Locomotive No. 41
West Bridge Interchange
Texas & Pacific Railway Co. (Now Union Pacific) interchange at West Bridge is constructed.
NOPB Extends Track
New Orleans Public Belt Railroad extends track to Lake Pontchartrain, with construction of France Yard and tracks along both sides of Industrial Canal. Purchase of Locomotives - Numbers 61 & 62.
Purchase of Locomotives
NOPB purchases Locomotives Number 71 & 72.
NOPB Main Office Moves
Main office relocates from Carondelet Street to International Trade Mart Building.
New Main Offices Constructed
New Main office building completed on Tchoupitoulas Street.
House Bill 1949
House Bill 1949 grants the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad the right to transport overhead train traffic across its network and contract with any railroad to provide this service. BNSF Railway and NOPB work together to move additional railcar traffic through New Orleans
Cotton Warehouse Yard Office
Cotton Warehouse Yard office and Car repair facility opens.
St. Claude Viaduct
St. Claude Viaduct deepening is completed, allowing doublestack trains entry onto the New Orleans Public Belt Main Line.
Napolean Avenue Container Cargo Terminal
Dock Board announces construction of the Napolean Avenue Container Cargo Terminal.
Hurricane Katrina devastates the New Orleans area on August 29, 2005. The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad gets through the storm relatively unscathed; the main yard and office buildings were not flooded or damaged. Crews begin immediately to assess the damage and bring the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad back to life. Much of NOPB's equipment and vehicles is confiscated by other agencies for use for emergency needs and debris removal. The main office building houses a large group of National Guard soldiers from San Diego, California, who are assisting in the recovery effort.
Huey P. Long Widening Project Begins
In 2006, the $1.2 billion widening project began that would give the bridge 6 lanes (3 one-way, 11 ft wide each lane) with shoulders. In July 2013, the widening project of the Huey P. Long Bridge was completed ahead of schedule.
CSXT Interchange Reopens
CSXT interchange reopens its main line and yard in New Orleans, restoring the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad's daily interchange service with that railroad. CSXT is the last of NOPB's 6 Class 1 connections to restore service into New Orleans. Financials reflect pre-Katrina revenue and operating ratio.
Renovations at Tchoupitoulas Street Facility
In preparation for the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad's centennial in 2008, renovations begin on roundhouse and engine terminal facility.
New Orleans Public Belt Celebrates 100 years of service to the Port of New Orleans. Engine No. 2008 is dedicated to the centennial with commemorative decaling.
Jeff Davis Becomes General Manager
New Orleans Public Belt welcomes new General Manager, Jeff Davis, to the helm.