1906 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1906.
- 1 Events
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 References
- January 3 - At the annual stockholder's meeting, the charter for the Cleveland Short Line Railway is amended to specify Collinwood, Ohio and Rockport, Ohio as the terminals of the railroad.
- January 17 - Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway fully acquires its subsidiary Southern California Railway.
- February 2 - The Cairo Electric Railways and Heliopolis Oases Company is formed.
- April 18 - The great 1906 San Francisco earthquake strikes, damaging the Southern Pacific Railroad's headquarters building and destroying the mansions of the now-deceased Big Four. Also destroyed are many cable car routes, which will be replaced with electric streetcars.
- May 8 - A special train carrying E.H. Harriman makes a run from Oakland CA to New York in 761 hours and 27 minutes. This record will stand until October 1934, when it will be broken by Union Pacific Streamliner M-10000.
- May 17 - The Simplon Tunnel between Italy and Switzerland, the world’s longest tunnel until 1979, opens to rail traffic.
- June 30 - 24 passengers and 4 railwaymen die as the result of the Salisbury rail crash on the London and South Western Railway of England when an express train passes through Salisbury railway station at excessive speed.
- July 7 - Completion of the Tauern Tunnel (8.5 km (5.3 mi)) in Austria.
- July 22 - The State Street Line, Chicago's last cable car route, ends operations.
- September 8 - Ottawa's Bank Street subway is opened as streetcar number 253 of the Ottawa Electric Railway traverses the tunnel.
- September 19 – 14 die as a result of the Grantham rail accident on the Great Northern Railway (Great Britain) when a sleeping car train is derailed passing through Grantham railway station at excessive speed.
- September 21 - A Grand Trunk Railway passenger train hits a stopped freight train at a crossover in Napanee, Ontario; the engineer stayed at the controls trying to slow his train as much as possible and became the only fatality. The train's passengers later erected a monument in the engineer's honor.
- November 13 - Shinpei Goto begins his term as the first president of South Manchuria Railway.
- November - The last locomotive built by the Portland Company is completed for the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad.
- December 2 - Construction begins on Santa Fe's Rocky Ford, Colorado, station; the station is completed and occupied by the end of March 1907.
- December 7 - The Southern Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad jointly form the Pacific Fruit Express Company (PFE) refrigerator car line.
- December 14 - John D. Spreckels announces he will form the San Diego & Arizona Railway Company and build a 148-mile (238-kilometre) line between San Diego and El Centro, California. Spreckels has an agreement with the Southern Pacific Railroad to silently fund the project.
- December 15 - The Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens in London.
- December 28 - After his death, Alexander J. Cassatt is succeeded as president of the Pennsylvania Railroad by James McRea.
- December 30 - A train wreck at Terra Cotta near present day Fort Totten in Washington, D.C., kills 52; the accident leads to the Interstate Commerce Commission banning future wooden body passenger car construction.
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- The Green Bay and Western acquires a majority interest in the Ahnapee and Western Railway.
- Prussian S 6 Class 4-4-0 steam locomotives introduced; 584 are eventually built to this design.
- Samuel Spencer is succeeded by William Finley as president of the Southern Railway.
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- June 4 – Francis Webb, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway (born 1836).
- Duke, Donald; Kistler, Stan (1963). Santa Fe ...Steel Rails Through California. San Marino, California: Golden West Books. pp. 45–46. ISBN 0-87095-009-6.
- Serpico, Philip C. (1988). Santa Fé Route to the Pacific. Palmdale, California: Omni Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0-88418-000-X.
- Horne, Mike (2001). The Bakerloo Line: An Illustrated History. Capital Transport. p. 17. ISBN 1-85414-248-8.
- Pattenden, Norman (2001). Salisbury, 1906: an answer to the enigma?. Swindon: South Western Circle. ISBN 0-9503741-6-4.
- Marshall, John (1989). The Guinness Railway Book. Enfield: Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-359-7.
- Rolt, L. T. C. (1955). Red for Danger: a history of railway accidents and railway safety precautions. London: Bodley Head.
- Jones, Robert C. (1993). Two Feet to the Lakes. Pacific Fast Mail. ISBN 0-915713-26-8.
- Wolmar, Christian (2005) . The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever. Atlantic Books. p. 181. ISBN 1-84354-023-1.
- Marshall, John (2003). Biographical Dictionary of Railway Engineers. Oxford: Railway & Canal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901461-22-9.
- Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (December 3, 2004), Significant dates in Ottawa/Hull street and light railway history. Retrieved September 8, 2005.
- Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (September 7, 2005), Significant dates in Ottawa railway history. Retrieved September 21, 2005.
- Dodge, Richard V. (1960). Rails of the Silver Gate. San Marino, CA: Golden West Books. ISBN 0-87095-019-3.
- Hanft, Robert M. (1984). San Diego & Arizona: The Impossible Railroad. Glendale, CA: Trans-Anglo Books. ISBN 0-87046-071-4.
- History of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Company. Retrieved August 6, 2005.
- Norfolk Southern Railway. Retrieved February 22, 2005.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005), RPI: Alumni hall of fame: Alexander J. Cassatt. Retrieved February 22, 2005.
- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005), This Month in Railroad History: July. Retrieved July 18, 2005.
- Spencer, D. K., The History of the Rocky Ford, Colorado Depot. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
- Thompson, Anthony W., et al. (1992). Pacific Fruit Express. Wilton, CA: Signature Press. ISBN 1-930013-03-5.
- White, John H., Jr. (Spring 1986), America's most noteworthy railroaders, Railroad History, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, 154, p. 9-15.