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1962 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1962.

Contents

January events

  • January 4 – New York City Subway introduces a driverless train.
  • January 8 – The Harmelen train disaster, the worst railway accident in the history of the Netherlands, occurs when one passenger train driver misses a warning signal and passes a red signal to collide nearly head-on with another passenger train. 93 are killed.
  • January 28 – The last lines of streetcars in Washington, D.C., end operations.
  • February events

  • February 1 – The Nordland Line in Norway is completed and opened to Bodø.
  • March events

  • March 15 – Canadian Pacific Railway receives authorization to discontinue passenger train service between Ottawa and Chalk River.
  • May events

  • May 3 – Mikawashima train crash in Japan kills 160.
  • May 22 – SNCF in France completes electrification from Strasbourg through to Paris.
  • May 23 – Drilling for the new Montreal Metro system commences.
  • July events

  • July 17 – Canadian National Railway debuts a new paint scheme on its transcontinental passenger train, the Super Continental.
  • September events

  • September 7 – The Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway, in England, is closed by the Western Region of British Railways.
  • October events

  • October 11 – Colorado and Southern Railway 2-8-0 number 641 pulls the last steam locomotive-operated regular daily service revenue train on a standard gauge railroad in the United States when it pulls a train from Leadville to Climax, Colorado.
  • October 28 – The Lake Street Elevation of the Chicago Transit Authority rail system is placed in operation, relocating 2.6 miles of the former at-grade portion of the route onto the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company's elevated right-of-way, with new stations at Central, Austin, Ridgeland, Oak Park and Harlem. The improvement eliminated a total of 22 grade crossings in Chicago, Oak Park and Forest Park.
  • Unknown date events

  • New York Central purchases the first electric multiple unit passenger cars from Pullman-Standard for use on the Metro-North railroad.
  • Union Pacific 3985, the largest operable steam locomotive in the world, is removed from revenue service on the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • First Indian Railways Class WDM-2, from ALCO, introduced. The class will eventually exceed 2,800 units.
  • ALCO closes the ALCO Thermal Products Division (formerly Brooks Locomotive Works) plant in Dunkirk, New York.
  • Harry A. deButts is succeeded by D. William Brosnan as president of the Southern Railway.
  • The Northern Refrigerator Car Line is combined with Merchants Despatch.
  • Deaths

  • February 2 – Ralph Budd, president of the Great Northern Railway 1919–1932 and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 1932–1949 (b. 1879).
  • References

    1962 in rail transport Wikipedia


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