1872 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1872.
March events 
- March – John Adams Dix succeeds Jay Gould as president of the Erie Railroad.
- March 1 – Jackson and Woodin Manufacturing Company, one of the constituent companies of American Car and Foundry Company, is incorporated in Pennsylvania.
- March 5 – George Westinghouse receives a patent for the Westinghouse air brake.
April events 
- April 1 - The Midland Railway (Great Britain) admits Third class passengers to all trains, a move which other British railway companies follow.
May events 
- May 1 - The Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway, in England, opens.
- May 1 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad begins construction westward from Newton, Kansas, toward Colorado.
- May 18 - The Delaware and Raritan Canal, New Jersey Railroad and the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad built in New Jersey, are merged into the United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company.
- May 28 - The Columbus and Toledo Railroad is incorporated.
June events 
- June 12 - First section of railway in Japan opens, from Yokohama to Shinagawa, Tokyo.
- June 17 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building westward from Newton, Kansas, reaches Hutchinson.
July events 
August events 
- August 5 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building westward from Newton, Kansas, reaches Great Bend.
- August 12 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building westward from Newton, Kansas, reaches Larned.
September events 
- September 5 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building westward from Newton, Kansas, reaches Dodge City, Kansas.
- September 13 - The first section of the planned railroad connection between Varciorova and Roman, Romania, opens, connecting Piteşti, Bucharest, Galaţi and Roman.
October events 
- October 1
- October 2 - The Kirtlebridge rail crash in Scotland kills 10 people.
- October 10 - Shimbashi Teishajō, the original Tokyo terminus of Japan's first railway, opens.
- October 14 - Official inauguration of Japanese railway between Shimbashi and Yokohama (provisionally in June)
November events 
- November 1 - Ensign Manufacturing Company, later to become part of American Car and Foundry Company, is incorporated in West Virginia.
December events 
- December 28 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building westward from Newton, Kansas, reaches the border between Kansas and Colorado.
Unknown date events 
- Transcaucasian Railway from Poti (on the Black Sea) to Tbilisi opened.
- Strasburg, Colorado - joining of rail over river completes transcontinental railway.
- American steam locomotive builder Manchester Locomotive Works purchases the fire engine manufacturing business of Amoskeag Locomotive Works.
- At the age of 29, William Cornelius Van Horne becomes the youngest superintendent of Illinois Central Railroad.
- Buffalo Car Manufacturing Company, later to become part of American Car and Foundry, is founded in Buffalo, New York.
- The Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad leases North Carolina's Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
September births 
- September 20 - Death Valley Scotty (born Walter Edward Scott), con man who chartered the Scott Special record-breaking run on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1905.
January deaths 
- January 6 - Jim Fisk, American financier who worked with Daniel Drew for control of the Erie Railroad (b. 1834).
February deaths 
April deaths 
- April 9 - Erastus Corning, established railroads in New York and was instrumental in the formation of New York Central (b. 1794).
August deaths 
- Erie Railroad presidents. Retrieved March 15, 2005.
- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005), This Month in Railroad History - May. Retrieved May 27, 2005.
- Santa Fe Railroad (1945), Along Your Way, Rand McNally, Chicago, Illinois.
- "Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company". Mid-Continent Railway Museum. 2006-04-11. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- Lee, Charles E. (1946). Passenger Class Distinctions. London: Railway Gazette.
- Marshall, John (1989). The Guinness Railway Book. Enfield: Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-359-7.
- James Truslow Adams (1940). Dictionary of American History. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
- "Ensign Manufacturing Company". Mid-Continent Railway Museum. 2006-04-09. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- Большая Cоветская Энциклопедия. Гл. ред. Б. А. Введенский, 2-е изд. Т. 16. Железо — Земли. 1952. 672 стр., илл.; 51 л. илл. и карт. (Russian)
- "Buffalo Car Company". Mid-Continent Railway Museum. 2006-04-09. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- Signor, John R., compiler (first quarter 2006). "Death Valley Scotty's "Coyote" Special". The Warbonnet 12 (1): p 17–29. (The Warbonnet is the official journal of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society)
- "Joseph Pease". Archived from the original on 17 August, 2007. Retrieved 06 September 2007.