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1958 in rail transport

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1958 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1958.



  • January
  • Unable to keep his promises to shareholders, Robert Ralph Young suspends dividends on New York Central stock, a factor in his subsequent suicide on January 25.
  • Last steam locomotive operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
  • January 1 – The Chicago and North Western Railway acquires the Litchfield and Madison Railway.
  • February

  • February 4 – Canada's Kellog Commission releases a report on the use of firemen as part of diesel locomotive crews.
  • February – The Alaska Railroad sells six ex-USATC S160 Class 2-8-0 locomotives to the standard gauge Ferrocarril de Langreo in northern Spain, where they are used on a new diversion built to avoid a cable railway. This will be the third Transatlantic crossing for #3410.
  • March

  • March 13 – Queensland Railways BB18¼ class 4-6-2 No. 1089, completed by Walkers, Maryborough, Queensland, is the last main-line steam locomotive built in Australia.
  • April

  • April 26 – Last day of regularly scheduled passenger service on the Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division.
  • June

  • June 22 – The CTA Congress Branch opens for service in the median of the Eisenhower Expressway, pioneering the first use of rail rapid transit and a multi-lane automobile expressway in the same grade-separated right-of-way. It replaced the 1895-built Garfield Park 'L' route and alignment from Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park to the Loop.
  • June 25 – The Pennsylvania Railroad discontinues the Afternoon Steeler passenger train between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
  • July

  • July – General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the EMD SD24.
  • July 7 – The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad reintroduces women-only cars on the railroad's commuter trains in New York City.
  • July 17 – The Railway Enthusiasts Society is formed to promote rail transportation and preservation in New Zealand
  • July 25 – Pacific Great Eastern Railway completes construction of the line to Fort St. John, British Columbia.
  • August

  • August 9 – The Moccasin, the longest running named passenger train in Canada thus far, is discontinued.
  • September

  • September – On the Drachenfels Railway, Königswinter, Germany, a rack railway train derails, killing 17.
  • September 15 – A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train plunges off the Newark Bay Bridge while raised for water traffic, killing 48.
  • October

  • October – After building only 59 examples of the type, Fairbanks-Morse and Canadian Locomotive Company discontinue construction of the H-24-66 model Train Master diesel locomotive.
  • October 1 – Northern Ireland's Ulster Transport Authority and the Republic of Ireland's Córas Iompair Éireann take over from the Great Northern Railway Board in running the remaining cross-border route (Dublin–Belfast) of the Irish railway system. The GNR assets are split between the two state companies.
  • November

  • November 1 – The Strasburg Rail Road is purchased by a non-profit group.
  • December

  • December 31 – The Harcourt Street railway line between Dublin and Bray, Ireland, closes.
  • Unknown date

  • South African Railways takes delivery of its last steam locomotives for the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge, GMAM class Garratts.
  • Last Garratt steam locomotive to be built in Manchester by Beyer, Peacock and Company is delivered as South African Railways NGG16 class no. 143 (2 ft (610 mm) gauge).
  • SNCF electrifies its Paris–Lille line in France.
  • Ernest S. Marsh succeeds Fred Gurley as president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
  • January deaths

  • January 25 – Robert Ralph Young, financier and controlling stockholder of the New York Central commits suicide after suspending company dividends (born 1897)
  • References

    1958 in rail transport Wikipedia