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1902 in rail transport

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1902 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1902.


January events

  • January 1 – The Swiss Federal Railways is formed through the merger and nationalization of several smaller railroads.
  • January 8 – A train collision occurs in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel in New York City killing 17 people, injuring 38 and leading to increased demand for electric trains.
  • February events

  • February 13 – The Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York Railroad, a predecessor of the Pennsylvania Tunnel and Terminal Railroad, is incorporated.
  • February 15 – The Berlin U-Bahn Underground is opened in Germany.
  • February – Great Western Railway of England turns out the prototype 'Saint' Class 4-6-0 locomotive from its Swindon Works, beginning a series of successful 2-cylinder designs.
  • February – Edwin Winter becomes president of Brooklyn Rapid Transit in New York City.
  • March events

  • March 10 – An antitrust suit is filed against Northern Securities Company, a holding company controlling Northern Pacific Railway, Great Northern Railway, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and others.
  • April events

  • April 9 – Underground Electric Railways Company of London formed to consolidate the group of Underground lines controlled by American financier Charles Yerkes.
  • April 21 – The Pennsylvania, New York and Long Island Railroad, a predecessor of the Pennsylvania Tunnel and Terminal Railroad, is incorporated.
  • May events

  • May 1 – Ahead of merger documentation and filing, Canadian Pacific Railway takes control of the Ottawa, Northern and Western Railway.
  • May 10 – Construction begins on the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway.
  • May 23 – Ottawa, Northern and Western Railway passenger trains are shifted to Ottawa's Broad Street Union Station.
  • June events

  • June 11 – Chūō Main Line, Ochanomizu of Tokyo to Shiojiri route official complete in Japan, as same time, Shinjuku of Tokyo to Matsumoto route direct passenger train service start.
  • June 15
  • The New York Central railroad debuts the 20th Century Limited passenger train between Chicago and New York.
  • Canadian Pacific Railway reroutes its transcontinental passenger trains in Ottawa to use the Vaudreuil line and the Interprovincial Bridge.
  • July events

  • July 1 – Oliver Robert Hawke Bury becomes General Manager of the Great Northern Railway in England.
  • July 4 – Pacific Electric Railway opens its first interurban line to connect Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.
  • July 12 – First of the Neuquén-Cipolletti bridges opened for Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway traffic in Argentina.
  • July 17 – The Texas Mexican Railway converts to standard gauge.
  • September events

  • September 22 – Ottawa, Northern and Western Railway acquires the Pontiac and Pacific Junction Railway.
  • October events

  • October 9 – The Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway, predecessor of the Burlington-Rock Island Railroad, is chartered in Texas.
  • October 13 – Professor Ernest Rutherford of McGill University demonstrates the first wireless communication system between a station and a moving train using a Grand Trunk Railway passenger special operating between Toronto and Montreal.
  • November

  • November 2 – Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad jointly inaugurate the Golden State Limited passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.
  • November 26 – Skreiabanen in Toten, Norway, is opened.
  • Unknown date events

  • The Alaska Central Railroad (an early predecessor of the Alaska Railroad) begins construction northward from Seward, Alaska.
  • The Atlantic Coast Line acquires the Plant System Railroads and gains control of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
  • Serious buffer stop accident at Frankfurt-am-Main inspires development of Rawie range of energy-absorbing buffer stops.
  • MÁV chief engineer Kálmán Kandó designs the world's first standard gauge AC electrified railway in Italy.
  • Narrow gauge Ferrocarril de Córdoba a Huatusco is completed to Coscomatepec, Veracruz.
  • Percy French writes the song Are Ye Right There Michael? ridiculing the West Clare Railway in Ireland.
  • May deaths

  • May 20 – H. H. Hunnewell, director for Illinois Central Railroad 1862-1871, president of Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad, president of Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Railroad, dies (b. 1810).
  • November deaths

  • November 12 - William Henry Barlow, English railway civil engineer (born 1812).
  • References

    1902 in rail transport Wikipedia

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