For the newly born city, the new building was gorgeous: classical Stalinist architecture, columns and stucco moldings, two main entrances – to the platform and to the station square, a waiting room, a restaurant, and ticket offices.
This luxury explained by the fact that the railway line from the Salehard-Igarka Transpolar Mainline was supposed to reach Norilsk. In this case, Norilsk would become its northernmost point, and long-distance trains coming from Salehard, Igarka, Ermakovo would arrive at the station.
In the 1950s, the half-finished road abandoned. Meanwhile, the building housed the management of the Norilsk Railway (NZhD), the Norilsk-Sortirovochnaya station began to operate. However, the station accepted only electric trains of the local railway line.
The building lost its primary purpose in the first half of the 1990s, when almost all passenger train routes were canceled.
In 1998, passenger traffic on the NZhD eliminated. The station, including a waiting room and ticket offices, were no longer needed.
Today, the station building is still the office of the Technological Transport Enterprise, and the former waiting room now houses the Railway Museum.
For other issues of our photo project about the history of the city and the combine, go to the History spot section.
Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive