Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cincinnati Union Terminal

...Work on Union Terminal started August 1929 and was completed on March 31, 1933.
Union Terminal cost $41 million, including the purchase of the ground and the readjustment of railroad facilities.
The Union Terminal complex, including the rail yards and supporting structures, takes up an area of 287 acres with 94 miles of track.
The Union Terminal complex originally was composed of 22 distinct buildings whose construction required 224,534 cubic yards of concrete, 100,500 square yards of paving, 8,250,000 bricks, and 45,421 net tons of steel.
The Cincinnati Union Terminal Company, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the City of Cincinnati built the Western Hills Viaduct, which spans the rail yards, for a cost of $3.5 million. The viaduct is 3,500 feet long of which 2,800 feet is double-deck construction.
The Rotunda's interior dome spans 180 feet, with a height of 106 feet.
The station was designed to accommodate 17,000 passengers and 216 trains a day.
Passenger train service left Union Terminal on October 28, 1972 and resumed on July 29, 1991 when Amtrak began operat

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