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1947 in rail transport

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1947 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1947.


January events

  • January 1 – The Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses is reconstituted and takes over concessions of most private railway companies in Portugal.
  • January 19 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad inaugurates the Cincinnatian passenger train between Baltimore, Maryland, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • February events

  • February 18 – Pennsylvania Railroad's Red Arrow passenger train derails at Gallatin, Pennsylvania; 24 people are killed in the accident.
  • February 28 – The Illinois Central Railroad withdraws the Illinois Central 121 streamlined trainset from the Green Diamond Chicago-St. Louis service.
  • March events

  • March 4 – Ms. Friedel Klussman launches a drive to preserve the San Francisco cable car system.
  • April events

  • April 7 – Ellis D. Atwood completes the original Edaville Railroad on his cranberry plantation at South Carver, Massachusetts, United States. This 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge line, using equipment from Maine, is generally regarded as the world’s first tourist railroad.
  • April 27 – After a complete overhaul, the Illinois Central 121 trainset re-enters active service, this time between Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, as the Miss-Lou passenger train.
  • May events

  • May – American Locomotive Company completes the last steam locomotives built for the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route.
  • May 5 – Sixteen people die in the Camp Mountain train disaster when a crowded picnic train derails on a sharp left-hand curve between Ferny Grove and Camp Mountain stations on the now-closed Dayboro line, approximately 20 km(12.4 miles) northwest of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  • May 18 – Seaboard Air Line Railroad inaugurates the Silver Comet passenger train between New York City and Birmingham, Alabama.
  • May 26 – General Motors Electro-Motive Division and Pullman-Standard's streamlined Train of Tomorrow enters demonstration passenger service in North America.
  • May 31 – The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad acquires the Chicago and Alton Railroad.
  • June events

  • June 6 – The Pere Marquette Railroad is merged into the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.
  • June 29 – The Milwaukee Road inaugurates the Olympian Hiawatha passenger train between Chicago, Illinois and Tacoma, Washington. Simultaneously, the railroad revives the Columbian, operating on the same route.
  • July events

  • July 1 – The Maine Central Railroad begins operation of EMD E7 locomotives with stainless steel passenger cars.
  • August events

  • August 6 – The Transport Act 1947 is passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom providing for the nationalisation of all major British railways in 1948.
  • August 14–15 – The Partition of India leads to transfer of large parts of the North Western, Bengal Assam and Jodhpur Railways to a new Pakistan Railways organisation, and large-scale population transfer between the two countries by rail. The Jammu–Sialkot Line is abandoned as a through route.
  • September events

  • September 1 – Dugald, Manitoba, Canada: A Canadian National Railway passenger train fails to take the siding and collides with the No. 4 Transcontinental that is standing on the main line. Thirty-one people are killed.
  • September 17 – The American Freedom Train, carrying the original versions of the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, begins a two-year tour of the United States starting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See also American Freedom Train - 1947-1949 station stops
  • October events

  • October 1 – The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins operating the local transit (buses and 'L'-Subway rapid transit) systems in Chicago after acquiring the properties of the former Chicago Surface Lines and the Chicago Rapid Transit Company.
  • October 18 – Alaska Railroad inaugurates the Aurora passenger train service between Fairbanks and Anchorage.
  • Unknown date events

  • The first diesel locomotives enter mainline operation on the Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • The Southern Pacific Railroad is reincorporated in Delaware.
  • The City of Los Angeles train frequency is upgraded to daily.
  • The Super Chief train frequency is upgraded to daily.
  • Lima Locomotive Works is merged with General Machinery Corporation of Hamilton, OH. The new company is named Lima-Hamilton.
  • The components of the former M-10002 streamliner trainset are scrapped.
  • William Neal succeeds D'Alton Cory Coleman as president of Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • The last United States Fish and Wildlife Service fish car is taken out of service.
  • The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad inaugurates its Old Dominion passenger train between Washington, DC, and Richmond, Virginia.
  • References

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