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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.