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1908 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1908.


January events

  • January 28 – Florida's Railroad Commissioners adopt rule number 12 of the state's general operating rules for railroads within the state; the rule mandates that railroad companies are required to immediately report by telegram any train wreck within the state beyond a simple derailment that involves injury or death to any person and follow up the telegram within five days with a full written report.
  • February events

  • February 25 – The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad starts revenue service between Hoboken, New Jersey and 19th Street, Manhattan.
  • March events

  • March 25 – The Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway extends passenger service from its existing Washington-Annapolis route to Baltimore, Maryland.
  • March 30 – Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway purchases the Columbia Railway and Navigation Company.
  • April events

  • April 8 – The Chicago "L" Stock Yards branch serving the Union Stock Yards is opened.
  • April 20 – A rear-end collision in Melbourne, Australia, called the Sunshine train disaster, kills 44 and injures around 400.
  • May events

  • May 17 – Trains operating through the St. Clair Tunnel under the St. Clair River between Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Michigan, begin using electric locomotives instead of steam locomotives.
  • June events

  • June 23 – The Denver & Interurban begins operations using some electrified lines of the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf. The UPD&G and the D&I are both owned by the Colorado and Southern Railway.
  • June 30 – Last day steam trains can operate south of the Harlem River in New York City.
  • June – The distinctive 'bar and circle' design of station nameboards are introduced on the London Underground.
  • July events

  • July 1
  • Public inauguration of Midland Railway Lancaster–Morecambe–Heysham electrification system (6.6 kV A.C. at 25 Hz), the first overhead wire scheme on a passenger railway in England.
  • Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad begins service between Michigan City and South Bend, Indiana.
  • July 8 – Construction begins on the Belt Line Railway of Toronto in Hull, Ontario.
  • July 10 – Thamshavnbanen, the first electrified railway in Norway, opens.
  • July 14 – Shinpei Goto steps down as president of the South Manchuria Railway.
  • August events

  • August 7 – New Zealand Railways runs first through train on North Island main trunk line between Wellington and Auckland (680 km (420 mi)).
  • September events

  • September 1 – Hejaz Railway opens from Damascus, Syria, to Medina, Saudi Arabia, on the Arabian Peninsula.
  • September 23 – Yokohama Railway Line, Higashi-Kanagawa of Yokohama to Hachioji route officially completed in Japan. (as predecessor of Yokohama Line)
  • November events

  • November 1 – The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway introduces the Southern Belle passenger train between London and Brighton.
  • November – Following experiments, the Great Western Railway of England begins to introduce Automatic Train Control on its main lines.
  • December events

  • December 18 – Great Northern Railway (U.S.) completes construction of the line between Great Falls and Billings, Montana.
  • December 19 – Korekimi Nakamura begins his term as the second president of South Manchuria Railway.
  • Unknown date events

  • The Soo Line acquires a majority interest in the Wisconsin Central Railway.
  • Prussian P 8 Class 4-6-0 steam locomotives introduced; around 3,700 are eventually built to this design.
  • March births

  • March 15 – Bernard Holden, president of Bluebell Railway in England (d. 2012).
  • Unknown date births

  • John Francis Nash, vice president of operations for New York Central and president of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and Lehigh Valley Railroad (died 2004).
  • January deaths

  • January 14 – Matthias N. Forney, American steam locomotive manufacturer (born 1835).
  • June deaths

  • June 3 – Robert Gillespie Reid, builder of many Canadian railway bridges as well as the Newfoundland Railway (died 1842).
  • References

    1908 in rail transport Wikipedia

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