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 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 4 – Ms. Friedel Klussman launches a drive to preserve the San Francisco cable car system.
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 – 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 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 1 – The Maine Central Railroad begins operation of EMD E7 locomotives with stainless steel passenger cars.
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 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 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.
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.
1947 in rail transport Wikipedia
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1947.