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1885 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1885.


February events

  • February 8 - The Midland Railway opens its extension to Birmingham New Street station.
  • February 12 - The Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railway is incorporated in Missouri.
  • February 17 - The Southern Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad are combined under a single holding company, the Southern Pacific Company.
  • April events

  • April 1 - The Southern Pacific Railroad takes over operations of the Central Pacific Railroad.
  • April 6 - The Meriden and Cromwell Railroad, a Connecticut predecessor of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, opens.
  • June events

  • June - John J. Hagerman gains control of Colorado Midland.
  • July events

  • July 19 - The Zanesville and Ohio River Railway enters receivership.
  • July 20 -
  • The Hull and Barnsley Railway opens in Yorkshire, England. It is intended to challenge the near-monopoly on export coal traffic in its region of the North Eastern Railway.
  • Opening of first railway in Vietnam, Saigon to Mỹ Tho.
  • August events

  • August - International Railway Congress Association established in Brussels to provide an international forum for technical discussion.
  • November events

  • November - First train crosses Garabit viaduct in the Massif Central of France.
  • November 6 – Phase 3 of the Novara–Varallo railway in Italy opens connecting Grignasco to Borgosesia.
  • November 7 - The last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway is driven at Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada.
  • November 9 - The last spike is driven on the California Southern Railroad between Barstow and San Bernardino through Cajon Pass, completing the connection to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.
  • November 12 - The first train to travel the entire route of California Southern Railroad's track through Cajon Pass carries rails from Barstow to Riverside.
  • November 17 - The first through train from Chicago via Santa Fe lines arrives in San Diego.
  • November 29 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway leases trackage rights over the Southern Pacific Railroad from San Bernardino to Los Angeles at $1,200 per mile per year.
  • Unknown date events

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt II is promoted to president of the New York Central system.
  • The New Zealand Government Railways become the first major railway to place a 2-6-2 steam locomotive into service, having ordered ten V class from Nasmyth, Wilson and Company of Manchester, England.
  • Unknown date births

  • Richard M. Dilworth, General Motors Electro-Motive Division chief engineer credited with developing the diesel-electric locomotive concept in the 1930s (d. 1968).
  • July deaths

  • July 31 - Robert F. Fairlie, Scottish steam locomotive builder (b. 1831).
  • December deaths

  • December 6 - Robert Gerwig, German civil engineer, designer of the Schwarzwaldbahn and the Höllentalbahn in the Black Forest (b. 1820).
  • December 8 - William Henry Vanderbilt, son of Cornelius Vanderbilt and president of the New York Central system (b. 1821).
  • Unknown date deaths

  • John B. Jervis, Chief mechanical engineer of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad who pioneered the use of the leading truck on steam locomotives (b. 1795).
  • References

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