1852 in rail transport
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|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1852.
 July events
- July 14 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Chepstow Bridge is opened to traffic, completing the South Wales Railway throughout from Gloucester (England) to Swansea.
 October events
- October 10 - The first revenue trains operate over the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad, an early predecessor of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, between Chicago and Joliet, Illinois.
- October 14 - Opening of London King's Cross station by the Great Northern Railway (Great Britain).
 November events
- November 20 - The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway line between Erie, Pennsylvania, and Cleveland, Ohio, opens.
 December events
 Unknown date events
- John Cooke steps down from the superintendent position at Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works to partner with Charles Danforth in forming the new locomotive manufacturing company, Danforth, Cooke and Company in Paterson, New Jersey.
- The first 2-6-0 steam locomotives are built.
- Great Southern and Western Railway of Ireland builds first locomotive at its Inchicore Works, Dublin.
- John Edgar Thomson becomes president of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
 August events
- August 16 – Charles Sanger Mellen, president of Northern Pacific Railway 1897-1903 and New Haven Railroad beginning in 1903 (d. 1927).
 Unknown date births
- J. Elfreth Watkins, railroad civil engineer and first curator for the Smithsonian Institution's railroad artifacts including John Bull.
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- Description of the wrought-iron tubular suspension bridge on the South Wales Railway, over the River Wye, at Chepstow; from the designs of I. K. Brunel, Esq. 1856.
- Jackson, Alan A. (1985). London's Termini. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-863-4 Check
- "History of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Company". Retrieved 2005-08-06.
- "Obituary: Charles Sanger Mellen". New York Times. November 18, 1927. p. 23.