New Orleans Public Belt Railroad owns the Riverfront

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

Business Cars formerly owned by NOPB (NOPB photo)

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

NOPB launched an updated website this Fall. They also unveiled a new logo for the system. The Class III railroad opened for business in 1908. They own a number of facilities in the city and Jefferson Parish.

NOPB connects the Port of New Orleans

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

NOPB Coloring Book (NOPB image)

The Public Belt Railroad connects the wharves with the Class I railroads. Cargo from ships transfers to rail via NOPB. The railroad’s engines pull up to the

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

NOPB grade crossing in the French Quarter (NOPB photo)

Train horns in the French Quarter mean there’s a NOPB train coming by. NOPB tracks run parallel to the wider tracks for NORTA’s Riverfront streetcar line. In fact, NORTA started Riverfront on a standard-gauge track. NOPB transferred ownership to the transit company. NORTA added a passing siding to that single track. Riverfront was born in 1988.

New NOPB Look

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad adopted a new logo last month. The original logo isn’t going away anytime soon, though. Railroad equipment last a long time. Most railroads don’t repaint equipment when logos and paint schemes change. They add the updated designs to new equipment. Sometimes older engines and cars receive new paint jobs and updates. As a rule, railroads operate equipment from multiple generations.

NOPB Yards

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

Original NOPB Logo, from 1890.

The railroad operates six yards:

  • Cotton Warehouse Yard
  • Claiborne Yard
  • France Yard
  • Pauline Yard
  • Race St. Yard
  • East Bridge Yard

In addition, NOPB owns and operates the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railroad connects to numerous facilities owned by the Port of New Orleans. They link those facilties to the Class I yards in the area.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad headquarters is located at Tchoupitoulas and Leake Streets, Uptown. Their engine terminal is behind the office building. NOPB operates one of the few remaining turntable/roundhouse terminals in the region.


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