|Covid-19|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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 22 – Ottawa, Northern and Western Railway acquires the Pontiac and Pacific Junction Railway.
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 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.
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 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 12 - William Henry Barlow, English railway civil engineer (born 1812).
1902 in rail transport Wikipedia
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1902.