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1831 in rail transport

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1831 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1831.


February events

  • February 18 - The West Chester Railroad is chartered in Pennsylvania.
  • April events

  • April 23 - the Pontchartrain Rail-Road begins operation.
  • April 25
  • Matthias W. Baldwin displays a model steam locomotive at the Philadelphia City Museum a year before building his first full-size locomotive for a working railroad.
  • The New York and Harlem Railroad is incorporated as a passenger carrier.
  • May events

  • May - Members of a Manchester (England) Sunday School are conveyed by a special train on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway to Liverpool, the first recorded private railway excursion.
  • June events

  • June 17 - The first boiler explosion in the United States occurs when the engineer on the Best Friend of Charleston ties the steam safety pressure release valve shut.
  • June 18 - The John Bull is constructed by Robert Stephenson and Company in England.
  • June 21 - The Boston and Providence Rail Road is incorporated and chartered to build a railroad connection between Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island.
  • June 23 - The Boston and Worcester Railroad is chartered to build a railroad between its namesake cities in Massachusetts.
  • July events

  • July 4 - Opening of first section of Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway in Scotland including St Leonards Tunnel, Scotland's earliest tunnel on a public railway.
  • July 14 - The John Bull departs Liverpool aboard the steamship Allegheny bound for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • August events

  • August 9 - The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, the first railroad built in New York state, opens.
  • September events

  • September 4 - The John Bull arrives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Liverpool.
  • September 15 - The John Bull is operated for the first time on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
  • September 24 - The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad opens between Albany and Schenectady, New York.
  • November events

  • November 12 - Robert L. Stevens, president of the Camden and Amboy Railroad hosts a demonstration run of the John Bull for New Jersey politicians and dignitaries.
  • Unknown date events

  • The first railroad built in Virginia, the Chesterfield Railroad, begins operations.
  • John B. Jervis becomes the chief engineer for the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, a predecessor of the New York Central.
  • First rail carriage of United States mail, by South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company.
  • January births

  • January 14 – William D. Washburn, first president of Soo Line Railroad 1883-1889, is born (d. 1912).
  • March births

  • March 3 - George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist, founder of the Pullman Company (d. 1897)
  • August births

  • August 26 - T. Jefferson Coolidge, president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 1880–1881 (d. 1920).
  • Unknown date births

  • Eli H. Janney, inventor of the knuckle coupler (d. 1912).
  • References

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