|Covid-19|February 8 – The Washington Bridge Company is granted authority in Washington, D.C., to build the Long Bridge over the Potomac River, a bridge that will eventually be rebuilt to carry the first railroad tracks to cross the river.
May 27 – The Kilmarnock and Troon Railway becomes the first railway line in Scotland authorised by Act of Parliament.
July 8 through September 18 – Richard Trevithick's steam locomotive Catch Me Who Can is demonstrated in London.
January 8 – John A. Poor, first president of the Portland Company is born in Andover, Maine (d. 1871).
February 10 – John Edgar Thomson, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad 1852-1874 (d. 1874).
March 19 – Johann Andreas Schubert, builder of the first German steam locomotive, Saxonia, is born in Wernesgrün (d. 1870).
May 12 – Joseph Hamilton Beattie, locomotive engineer for London and South Western Railway 1850–1871 (d. 1871), is born.
July 25 – Francis Thompson, English architect working chiefly on railways (d. 1895).
George Muirson Totten, chief construction engineer for the Panama Railway (d. 1884).
1808 in rail transport Wikipedia
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1808.