1903 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1903.
- 1 Events
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 References
- January 20 – The Grand Trunk Western Railroad opens a passenger depot in Lansing, Michigan.
- January 28 – Esmond Train Wreck: fourteen people are killed when the Crescent City Express (No. 8, bound for Benson, Arizona) collides head-on with the bound Pacific Coast Express (No. 7, bound for Tucson).
- February 12 – North British Locomotive Company established as a locomotive builder in Glasgow, Scotland, by merger of Dübs and Company, Neilson, Reid and Company, and Sharp Stewart and Company. In April it receives its first new order for steam locomotives, from India.
- May 3 – The Mersey Railway, operating between Birkenhead and Liverpool by tunnel beneath the River Mersey, England, converts from steam to electric traction.
- May 13 – The Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad (later to become part of Chicago and North Western Railway) begins passenger train service to Casper, Wyoming.
- May 25 – The Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad opens, becoming the first railroad in the United States to use an electrified third rail to power its trains.
- July 1 – Opening of the Albula line of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) (metre gauge) in Switzerland, passing through the Albula Tunnel, the highest of the principal Alpine tunnels at 1370 m.
- July 13 – Danbury Union Station in Danbury, Connecticut, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, opens.
- July 27
- August 10 – Paris Metro train fire, France: electric fire on Paris Métro at Couronnes; 84 killed.
- August 17 – Great Western Railway of England becomes the first British railway company to operate its own "road motor services" (i.e. buses), between Helston and The Lizard in Cornwall.
- September 27 – Wreck of the Old 97, Danville, Virginia, United States: A southbound Southern Railway passenger train derails on a trestle in Danville; eleven people are killed.
- October – Experimental electric trains, built by AEG and Siemens & Halske, reach 210.2 km/h (130.6 mph) between Marienfelde and Zossen in Germany.
- October 1 – The first railway in Norway rebuilt to double track, from Bryn to Lillestrøm on the Hovedbanen, is opened.
- October 21 – Howard Elliott succeeds Charles Sanger Mellen as president of Northern Pacific Railway.
- October 31 – The Purdue Wreck, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA: A Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad football special carrying the Purdue University football team and fans to the annual game with Indiana University collides with a coal train. Fourteen of the team and three other passengers are killed.
- December 14 – The New York, New Haven and Hartford introduces the all-parlor car Merchants Limited between Boston and New York City.
Unknown date events
- The British Engineering Standards Committee draws up specifications for eight standard steam locomotive designs for the broad gauge Indian Railways.
- Southern Pacific Railroad gains 50% control of the Pacific Electric system in Los Angeles, California.
- The Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Railway opens as the first railroad to have a guarded third rail.
- The provisions of the US Railroad Safety Appliance Act, enacted in 1893, are extended to include all railroad cars whether or not the cars themselves are used in interchange service.
- Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway introduces the first 2-10-2 compound locomotives (built by Baldwin Locomotive Works) into service.
- E. H. Harriman becomes president of the Union Pacific Railroad.
- George Whale succeeds Francis William Webb as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway.
- March 29 – Gustavus Franklin Swift, founder of Swift and Company which pioneered the use of refrigerator cars in late 19th century America (born 1839)
- July 27 – Frederick J. Kimball, American civil engineer who was instrumental in the formation of Norfolk and Western (born 1844).
Unknown date deaths
- J. Elfreth Watkins, railroad civil engineer and first curator for the Smithsonian Institution's railroad artifacts including John Bull.
- Lowe, James W. (1975). British Steam Locomotive Builders. Cambridge: Goose and Son. ISBN 0-900404-21-3.
- Nicolson, Murdoch; O'Neill, Mark (1987). Glasgow: Locomotive Builder to the World. Edinburgh: Polygon. ISBN 0-948275-46-4.
- Blake, LeRoy W. (May–June 1979). "Remembering the A.D. Baker Company". Farm Collector: 4. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- Gahan, John W. (1983). The Line Beneath the Liners – a hundred years of Mersey Railway sights and sounds. Birkenhead: Countyvise. ISBN 0-907768-40-7.
- "BP Amoco Timeline". Casper Star-Tribune. June 22, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2005.
- Marshall, John (1989). The Guinness Railway Book. Enfield: Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-359-7.
- Gulder, Bill. "A Brief History of the Danbury Railway Museum". Archived from the original on 25 July 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
- "Baghdad Railway". Trains of Turkey. December 1, 2004. Retrieved July 22, 2005.
- Cummings, John (1980). Railway Motor Buses and Bus Services in the British Isles 1902-1933, volume 2. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-050-5.
- Norsk Jernbaneklubb (1994). Banedata '94 (in Norwegian). ISBN 82-90286-15-5.
- Railway Age Gazette (August 1, 1913) pp. 177-8.
- Northern Railways of India. "Kalka-Shimla Railway". Archived from the original on November 18, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2005.
- Lynch, Peter E. (2005). New Haven Passenger Trains. Saint Paul, MN: MBI. p. 31. ISBN 0-7603-2288-0.
- Bhandari, R.R. (2000). "Steam in History". Indian Railways Fan Club. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- Balkwill, Richard; Marshall, John (1993). The Guinness Book of Railway Facts and Feats (6th ed.). Enfield: Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-707-X.