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1954 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1954.



  • January 3 – The last steam locomotive powered passenger train departs Washington Union Station; Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad engine number 622 Carter Braxton pulls the train, leaving at approximately 1:40 PM bound for Richmond, Virginia.
  • January 8 – Southern Pacific Railroad's Sunset Limited becomes the first train to use the new New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal.
  • January 20 – The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, the second line in the system and the first built after World War II, is opened between Ikebukuro and Ochanomizu stations.
  • January 24 – Cleveland, Ohio, streetcars make their last revenue run.
  • January – General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the EMD F9.
  • February

  • February 21 – An SNCF electric train hits 151 mph (243 km/h) in tests, setting a world’s record.
  • February – General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the EMD FP9.
  • March

  • March 30 – The first segment of the Toronto Subway begins operation.
  • April

  • April 20 – The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad ("Milwaukee Road") opens a new station in Tacoma, Washington.
  • April 30 – Last day of steam locomotive operations and passenger train service on the Clinchfield Railroad.
  • May

  • May – General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the EMD E9.
  • June

  • June 6 – The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway introduces the San Francisco Chief passenger train between Chicago and San Francisco.
  • June 13 – Last day of steam locomotive operation on the Maine Central Railroad.
  • June 14 – New York Central management loses a proxy fight for control of the railroad to Robert Ralph Young and his Alleghany Corporation.
  • July

  • July 2 – SNCF electrifies first section of Valenciennes–Thionville line, the first non-experimental 25 kV AC railway electrification.
  • July 4 – Budd delivers the first Château series car, Château Bienville, to Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal.
  • August

  • August 7 – The last streetcars operate on the Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
  • October

  • October 16 – The Southern Pacific dieselizes its 3 foot (914 mm) gauge Keeler branch.
  • October 20 – To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Horseshoe Curve, the Sylvania Electric Products Corporation sponsors a night photograph of the Curve using more than 6500 flashbulbs.
  • November

  • November 29 – The first dome cars built by Budd Company enter revenue service on Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway's North Coast Limited.
  • December

  • December – Louisville and Nashville Railroad and Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway open the new Radnor Yard in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • December – Pullman-Standard builds the first bilevel commuter coaches for the Southern Pacific Railroad to use in the south San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Unknown date

  • Circular Koltsevaya Line of the Moscow Metro completed.
  • General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the EMD GP9.
  • General Electric delivers the first diesel-electric locomotives built for the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route.
  • American Car and Foundry officially changes its name to ACF Industries, Inc.
  • New Zealand Railways Department introduces DF class (built by English Electric) into service, the country's first mainline diesel-electric locomotives.
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway divests itself of the Grand Canyon Hotel and other buildings at the north end of the Grand Canyon Railway.
  • Dutch National Railway Museum moves to the former Maliebaan station.
  • January deaths

  • January 5 – Death Valley Scotty (born Walter Edward Scott; pictured), con man who chartered the Scott Special record-breaking run on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1905, dies (born 1872).
  • December deaths

  • December 15 – Ernest Lemon, Chief Mechanical Engineer (1931–1932) and later Vice President of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (born 1884).
  • References

    1954 in rail transport Wikipedia

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