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1942 in rail transport

Grizzly Flats Railroad, the first full-size 3 ft 914 mm gauge) backyard railroad in the United States, is opened by Disney animator Ward Kimball at his home in San Gabriel, California. Samuel Hopkins Adams publishes his novel The Harvey Girls com ...

1943 in rail transport

The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest combined rail/highway tunnel in North America, opens for railroad service. Electrification between Limoges and Montauban on the SNCF in Vichy France completes an electrified rail route from Paris to ...

1944 in rail transport

Fred Gurley succeeds Edward Engel as president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Charles Fairburn succeeds William Stanier as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway upon Staniers retirement. United State ...

1945 in rail transport

Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company established in India.

1946 in rail transport

John W. Barriger III becomes president of the Monon Railroad. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, under the direction of Robert R. Young, places the largest single passenger car order with Pullman-Standard for nearly 300 cars. These cars entered se ...

1947 in rail transport

The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad inaugurates its Old Dominion passenger train between Washington, DC, and Richmond, Virginia. William Neal succeeds DAlton Cory Coleman as president of Canadian Pacific Railway. Lima Locomotive Wor ...

1948 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1948. In 1948, 14 railroads in North America owned more than 1.000 steam locomotives each. See also: Historical sizes of railroads

1949 in rail transport

First of final steam locomotive class to be built for Soviet Railways, express passenger class P36 4-8-4 П36-001, is turned out of Kolomna Locomotive Works. There will be 251 examples, the most of this wheel arrangement outside the United States. ...

1950 in rail transport

Work on electrification of Saint Petersburg Railway Division of the Oktyabrskaya Railway, Russia begins. Ferrovie dello Stato, Italy, opens new Roma Termini railway station.

1951 in rail transport

Armand Mercier steps down from the presidency of the Southern Pacific Company, parent company of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroads streamlined Comet passenger trainset built in 1935 is retired from reve ...

1952 in rail transport

Last standard gauge compound locomotives built: Norfolk and Western Railway 2-8-8-2 Class Y6b Mallet #2200 from its Roanoke Shops, the last conventional steam freight locomotive for road service constructed in the United States; and SNCF Class 24 ...

1953 in rail transport

Baghdad Central Station is opened by Iraqi State Railways. John W. Barriger III steps down from the presidency of the Monon Railroad in the United States. The first Trailer-On-Flat-Car TOFC, or "piggyback" equipment enters service on the Southern ...

1954 in rail transport

Circular Koltsevaya Line of the Moscow Metro completed. Netherlands Railway Museum moves to the former Maliebaan station. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway divests itself of the Grand Canyon Hotel and other buildings at the north end of the G ...

1955 in rail transport

Last steam locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in the United States, Indian Railways standard 5 ft 6 in 1.676 mm gauge 2-8-2 goods locomotives to Class WG. Dome cars are added to the City of Los Angeles as regular equipment. Norris Roy ...

1956 in rail transport

Last steam locomotive built for Soviet Railways, express passenger class P36 4-8-4 No. 251, from Kolomna Locomotive Works. Benjamin W. Heineman becomes president of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The Pullman-Standard "Placid series" sleep ...

1957 in rail transport

The California State Legislature establishes the five-county San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Estacion Federico Lacroze in Buenos Aires, Argentina, opens. Pandrol clip patented by Norwegian railway engineer Per Pande Rolfsen. Willia ...

1958 in rail transport

Ernest S. Marsh succeeds Fred Gurley as president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. SNCF electrifies its Paris–Lille line in France. South African Railways takes delivery of its last steam locomotives for the 3 ft 6 in 1.067 mm gauge, ...

1959 in rail transport

The Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway runs its last train, ending 62 years of service. Israel Railways officially withdraws all steam locomotives; the last, Baldwin-built Palestine Railways H class 4-6-0 no. 901, surviving in traffic into th ...

1960 in rail transport

Operating losses increase for low ridership trains in the United States when railway post office service is discontinued. Completion of reconstruction of Napoli Centrale railway station in Italy designed by Pier Luigi Nervi and others and the Fin ...

1961 in rail transport

Nationalization of rail transport in Paraguay. Atlantic Coast Lines headquarters are moved from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida. Construction is completed on Mexicos Chihuahua al Pacifico which linked the city of Chihuahua, C ...

1962 in rail transport

The Northern Refrigerator Car Line is combined with Merchants Despatch. First Indian Railways Class WDM-2, from ALCO, introduced. The class will eventually exceed 2.800 units. Railway extended to Wau, South Sudan. Harry A. deButts is succeeded by ...

1963 in rail transport

SNCF Class BB 67000 diesel locomotives introduced in France. Mauritania Railway opened. The Central of Georgia Railway is merged into the Southern Railway U.S. Eritrean Railway assembles 0-4-4-0T R442.61 in its shops at Asmara, the last Mallet lo ...

1964 in rail transport

Donald Russell assumes the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern Pacific Company, a position that was nonexistent since Hale Holdens departure in 1939. Double-deck cars introduced on suburban railways in Sydney, Australia ...

1965 in rail transport

Southern Pacifics bid for control of the Western Pacific is rejected by the Interstate Commerce Commission. The steam generators on Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroads EMC AB6 diesel locomotives are replaced with head-end power HEP units a ...

1966 in rail transport

ALCO introduces the ALCO Century 415. Beyer, Peacock and Company of Manchester, England, turns out its last locomotives, British Rail Class 25/3 diesels. Norris Roy Crump returns to the presidency of Canadian Pacific Railway for a short period, s ...

1967 in rail transport

Southern Pacific Railroad opens the longest stretch of new railroad construction in a quarter century as the first trains roll over the Palmdale Cutoff through Cajon Pass. The Central Railroad of New Jersey declares bankruptcy. English Electric s ...

1968 in rail transport

South African Railways 2 ft 610 mm gauge NGG16 class no. 156 completed by Hunslet Taylor, Johannesburg: last Garratt locomotive and SARs last steam locomotive. Murmansk–Nikel Railway completed throughout. The fully automated Muskingum Electric Ra ...

1969 in rail transport

Rail transport in Cambodia: The line from Phnom Penh to the southern port city of Sihanoukville is completed. ALCO ceases new diesel locomotive manufacturing. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway operates the last freight train on its subsid ...

1970 in rail transport

Reginald N. Whitman succeeds John W. Barriger III as president of the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. Historic American Engineering Record surveys the original main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shipment of gasoline from Casper, Wyomin ...

1971 in rail transport

United States Federal Railroad Administration opens High Speed Ground Test Center, Pueblo, Colorado.

1972 in rail transport

Fred Burbidge succeeds Ian David Sinclair as president of Canadian Pacific Railway. The Family Lines System is formed as a common marketing strategy of several eastern and southeastern United States railroads. General Motors Electro-Motive Divisi ...

1973 in rail transport

Transcameroon Railway extended to NGaoundere. The isolated coal hauler, the Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad, opens in Northern Arizona, the worlds first line to use 50.000 V overhead line power. John W. Barriger III becomes president of the B ...

1974 in rail transport

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway operates the last train ever on its subsidiary Grand Canyon Railway; it is a maintenance of way train. John W. Barriger III steps down from the presidency of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The original No ...

1975 in rail transport

Last steam locomotive operated by State Railways of Finland. As a result of the Independent Safety Board Acts passage the previous year, the United States National Transportation Safety Board becomes a completely independent agency, severing all ...

1976 in rail transport

General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the EMD F40PH. Former Southern Pacific Railroad GS-4 class 4-8-4 number 4449 is painted in a special red, white and blue paint scheme and tours the United States as the power for the American Free ...

1977 in rail transport

W. Graham Claytor, Jr. is succeeded by L. Stanley Crane as president of the Southern Railway. Guilford Transportation Industries is established. Via Rail Canada takes over operations of the Super Continental passenger train from Canadian National.

1978 in rail transport

The Itel Corporation purchases the Green Bay and Western. The Stone Arch Bridge built by the Great Northern Railway across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota sees its final use as a railroad bridge; the bridge is later converted for ...

1979 in rail transport

The Federal Government of the United States relinquishes control of the Panama Railway, transferring the railway to the government of Panama. Alan Furth succeeds Denman McNear as president of the Southern Pacific Company, parent company of the So ...

1980 in rail transport

L. Stanley Crane is succeeded by Harold H. Hall as president of the Southern Railway. Now owning a 98.34% control of the Cotton Belt Railroad, the Southern Pacific Railroad extends the Cotton Belt to Chicago, Illinois, through acquisition of the ...

1981 in rail transport

William W. Stinson succeeds Fred Burbidge as president of Canadian Pacific Railway. The Northeast Rail Service Act of 1981 was signed into law. Burlington Northern Railroad corporate headquarters are moved from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Wa ...

1982 in rail transport

Robert Krebs succeeds Alan Furth as president of the Southern Pacific Company, the parent company of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

1983 in rail transport

Benjamin Biaggini steps down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern Pacific Company, the parent company of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Boston and Maine Corporation is purchased by Guilford Transportation Industries.

1984 in rail transport

Delaware and Hudson Railway is purchased by Guilford Transportation Industries. The Southern Pacific Company, parent of the Southern Pacific Railroad merges into Santa Fe Industries, parent of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, to form Sa ...

1985 in rail transport

Amtraks Gulf Coast Limited passenger train makes its final run. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority expands rail service on the Red Line beyond Harvard Square, into the west Cambridge and Somerville areas. The Chicago Central and Pacific R ...

1986 in rail transport

December 30 – The Trans-Gabon Railway is completed.

1987 in rail transport

Line One the Red line of Cairo Metro opens. A passenger express from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore derails at high speed near Johor Bahru, Malaysia, after bolts holding the underframe-mounted air conditioning generator come off causing it to fall off ...

1988 in rail transport

Burlington Northern Railroad corporate headquarters are moved from Seattle, Washington, to Fort Worth, Texas.

1989 in rail transport

Ferrovie dello Stato Italy introduces ETR 450 trains between Rome and Milan, the first production Fiat Ferroviaria Pendolinos in regular passenger service. The St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad is formed from the sale of Canadian National Railwa ...

1990 in rail transport

The Gateway Western Railway begins operations over former Chicago and Alton Railroad tracks between Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. David L. Gunn steps down from leadership of the New York City Transit Authority. Robert J. Ritchie succeeds W ...

1991 in rail transport

The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad is merged into CSX Transportation. Ferrocarriles Argentinos, the state railway system of Argentina, is split with the metropolitan lines around Buenos Aires becoming Ferrocarriles Metropolitanos a ...

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