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1890 in rail transport

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1890 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1890.


January events

  • January 28 – Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad acquires a section of the McKeesport and Belle Vernon Railroad around Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
  • February events

  • February 22 – Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway (the "Big Four Railroad") gains control of the Peoria and Eastern Railway in southern Illinois.
  • March events

  • March – Émile Zola's psychological novel with a railway setting, La Bête Humaine, is published in book form.
  • March 4 – The Forth Bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland is officially opened and its contractor, William Arrol, is knighted.
  • May events

  • May 9 – Boston and Maine Railroad ends its lease of the Eastern Railroad of Massachusetts by purchasing it.
  • May 20 – Wutach Valley Railway opened to provide a strategic route inside Germany without crossing the Swiss border.
  • July events

  • July 23 – Narrow gauge Kennebec Central Railroad opens to Togus, Maine.
  • August events

  • August 18 – The Kansas City Suburban Belt Railroad, a predecessor of Kansas City Southern Railway, begins operations between Kansas City and Argentine.
  • August 19 – Pennsylvania Railroad subsidiary Ohio Valley Railway reorganized as the Pittsburg, Ohio Valley and Cincinnati Railroad.
  • November events

  • November 4 – Official opening of the City & South London Railway, earliest constituent of the Northern line of the London Underground and the first real deep-level electrified "tube" railway in the world.
  • November 9 – First section of metre gauge Chemin de fer du Vivarais in southern France opens, using Mallet locomotives.
  • November 26 – The Mito Railway, in Japan, operates its first freight trains.
  • Unknown date events

  • First Class О 0-8-0 steam locomotive built for service in Russia. 9129 locomotives of this type will be built up to 1928, making it the country's most numerous.
  • Klien-Lindner axle patented.
  • Hugh J. Chisholm forms the Portland and Rumford Falls Railway to link Androscoggin River papermills to the Maine Central Railroad.
  • Leland Stanford begins his term as Chairman of the Executive Committee for Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Charles Francis Adams, Jr. steps down from the presidency of the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • August births

  • August 16 - C. P. Couch, president of Kansas City Southern Railway 1939-1941 (d. 1955).
  • July deaths

  • July 15 – Silas Seymour, chief engineer and/or consulting engineer for several railroads in New York in the mid- to late 19th century (b. 1817).
  • September deaths

  • September 30 – Frederick H. Billings, president of Northern Pacific Railway 1879-1881 (b. 1823).
  • References

    1890 in rail transport Wikipedia

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