1897 in rail transport
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|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1897.
- 1 Events
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 References
- March 24 – Construction begins on the Sierra Railway of California, now known as the Sierra Railroad, between Oakdale and Jamestown, California.
- May 4 – The Rio Grande Junction Railway sells the Colorado Midland out of bankruptcy to private investors.
June 11 – The Welshampton rail crash in England kills 11.
- July – The Railway Magazine is first published, in London.
- July 1 – The Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad is reorganized as the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway Company (later to become the Monon Railroad).
- July 12 – The Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway, a predecessor of the St. Louis - San Francisco Railway, is incorporated in the Oklahoma Territory.
- July 22 – At the railroad's first stockholder meeting, the Toledo and Milwaukee Railroad. a predecessor of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, officially changes its name to Detroit, Toledo and Milwaukee Railroad.
- August 17 – W. B. Purvis is awarded a patent for an electric railroad switch.
- August 23 – Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the construction of the Ottawa and New York Railway.
- August 28 – Construction begins on the Chinese Eastern and South Manchurian lines of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
- August 31 – Charles Sanger Mellen succeeds Edwin Winter as president of Northern Pacific Railway.
- September 1 – The Tremont Street Subway tunnel in Boston, the oldest subway tunnel in North America, opens.
- October 3 – The world famous Union Loop Elevated (2.0 miles/3.2 km) in downtown Chicago is opened for traffic. Lake Street Elevated trains are routed around the circuit initially, Metropolitan West Side Elevated train began using the Loop on October 11, and South Side Elevated trains began using the Loop on October 18.
- October – Construction begins in Djibouti City on the Addis Ababa - Djibouti Railway.
- November 2 – The Highland Railway's Kyle of Lochalsh Line is completed throughout to the west coast of Scotland.
- November 23 – Andrew J. Beard invents the "jerry coupler".
- December 27 – The first train is operated on the Randsburg Railway between Kramer and Johannesburg, California.
Unknown date events
- E. H. Harriman becomes a director of the Union Pacific Railroad.
- Several smaller railroads in South Carolina are merged to form the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company of South Carolina, a predecessor of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
- First successful class of 2-8-2 steam locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia for the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge Nippon Railway of Japan (hence the class name Mikado).
- The Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway begins full service between Ottawa, Ontario and Parry Sound, Ontario.
- Narrow gauge Ferrocarril Cazadero la Torre y Tepetongo begins passenger service to Nado, Estado de México.
- Narrow gauge (750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in) ) railway in Estonia is built to connect Viljandi with the Valga–Pärnu line in Mõisaküla. Later the line is extended from Viljandi to Paide and then to Reval (Tallinn) harbour.
- February 14 – Robert R. Young, chairman of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and New York Central (d. 1958).
- November 16 – Harold W. Burtness, president of Chicago Great Western Railway 1946–1948, is born (d. 1978).
Unknown date births
- July 17 – Charles Frederick Crocker, son of Charles Crocker of California's Big Four railroaders, president of San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad, vice president of Southern Pacific Railroad, dies (b. 1854).
- September 14 - Carl Abraham Pihl, Norwegian civil engineer and director of the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) 1865-1897 (b. 1825).
- October 19 – George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist, founder of the Pullman Company (b. 1831).
Unknown date deaths
- Aretas Blood, second superintendent of American steam locomotive builder Manchester Locomotive Works (b. 1816).
- Rivanna Chapter National Railway Historical Society (2005), This Month in Railroad History: August. Retrieved August 16, 2005.
- California State Railroad Museum Foundation (2001), A brief history of the Sierra Railway and Railroad. Retrieved March 24, 2006.
- Good, Mike (May 9, 1999). "Corporate History: St. Louis – San Francisco Railway Company". Archived from the original on 17 July 2005. Retrieved July 10, 2005.
- New York Central Railroad (1913). "History of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Company". Retrieved July 18, 2005.
- Ali-Dinar, Ali B., PhD (ed.). "Today in Black History". Archived from the original on 22 August 2005. Retrieved August 16, 2005.
- "Significant dates in Ottawa railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. July 30, 2006. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2006.
- Trans-Siberian Web Encyclopedia (2004). "Stages of Great Siberian Way construction". Retrieved August 28, 2005.
- Busbey, T. Addison (ed.) (1906). The Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America, Edition of 1906. Chicago, Illinois: Railway Age. p. 666.
- Chicago "L".org. "Metropolitan West Side Elevated". Retrieved October 11, 2005.
- Vallance, H. A. (1963). The Highland Railway. Dawlish: David & Charles.
- Randsburg Railway – History. Retrieved December 27, 2005.
- Japan Railway & Transport Review No. 29 – retrieved October 26, 2006
- Balkwill, Richard; Marshall, John (1993). The Guinness Book of Railway Facts and Feats (6th ed.). Enfield: Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-707-X.
- Best, Gerald M. (1968). Mexican Narrow Gauge. Howell-North.
- "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). Eesti Raudtee. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Archives, Wayne A. Johnston Papers, 1945–1967. Retrieved February 9, 2006.