|Covid-19|January 1 – The classification and renumbering of all the rolling stock of the three constituent railways tahat formed South African Railways in 1910 is implemented.
January 3 – Canadian Pacific Railway leases the Dominion Atlantic Railway in Nova Scotia.
January 22 – Florida East Coast Railway opens the Key West Extension in Florida.
February 7 – Official opening ceremonies are held for the Usambara Railway in German East Africa.
February 11 – Togura Station, in Chikuma, Nagano, Japan, opens.
February 27 – Pacific Great Eastern Railway (predecessor of the British Columbia Railway) is incorporated to build a line from Vancouver north to a connection with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway at Prince George, British Columbia.
June 2 – Chicago, Lake Shore and South Bend Railroad (predecessor of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad) begins "one-car" passenger service directly to the Chicago Loop.
August 1 – Jungfraubahn mountain rack railway in Switzerland completed by inauguration of the subterranean Jungfraujoch railway station, Europe's highest at 3,450 metres (11,320 ft) above sea level.
September 17 – The Ditton Junction rail crash near Widnes in England kills 15.
November – The Royal Bavarian State Railways begins the process of standardising the Railway electrification system in German-speaking countries at 15 kV AC, 16.6 Hz.
November 24 – The Pennsylvania Railroad’s premier Chicago to New York train is christened the Broad Way Limited (named for the railroad’s four-track main line, not the New York City Theater District).
First FD Class 0-10-0 steam locomotive introduced in Russia. This will become the world's largest class with around 14,000 built.
The world’s first diesel locomotive designed for main line use, built by Gesellschaft für Thermolokomotiven Diesel-Klose-Sulzer GmbH for the Prussian state railways, Germany, receives trials on the Winterthur–Romanshorn line in Switzerland prior to delivery to Berlin for more trials in September. The unit has direct mechanical transmission with a weight of 95 tonnes, power of 883 kW and a theoretical maximum speed of 100 km/h but will not prove to be a commercial success.
Berne gauge European standard loading gauge agreed at an international railway conference held and consequent convention signed in Berne, Switzerland.
Portland Company completes the last freight car commercially manufactured for Maine narrow gauge railroads.
Oliver Bury steps down from the General Manager position at the Great Northern Railway in England.
March 14 – W. Graham Claytor, Jr., president of Amtrak 1982-1993 (died 1994).
June 16 – Eli H. Janney, inventor of the knuckle coupler (born 1831).
July 29 – William D. Washburn, first president of Soo Line Railroad 1883-1889, dies (b. 1931).
1912 in rail transport Wikipedia
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1912.