1908 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1908.
- 1 Events
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 References
- January 28 – Florida's Railroad Commissioners adopt rule number 12 of the state's general operating rules for railroads within the state; the rule mandates that railroad companies are required to immediately report by telegram any train wreck within the state beyond a simple derailment that involves injury or death to any person and follow up the telegram within five days with a full written report.
- February 25 – The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad starts revenue service between Hoboken, New Jersey and 19th Street, Manhattan.
- March 25 – The Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway extends passenger service from its existing Washington-Annapolis route to Baltimore, Maryland.
- March 30 – Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway purchases the Columbia Railway and Navigation Company.
- April 20 – A rear-end collision in Melbourne, Australia, called the Sunshine train disaster, kills 44 and injures around 400.
- May 17 – Trains operating through the St. Clair Tunnel under the St. Clair River between Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Michigan, begin using electric locomotives instead of steam locomotives.
- June 23 – The Denver & Interurban begins operations using some electrified lines of the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf. The UPD&G and the D&I are both owned by the Colorado and Southern Railway.
- June 30 – Last day steam trains can operate south of the Harlem River in New York City.
- June – The distinctive 'bar and circle' design of station nameboards are introduced on the London Underground.
- July 1 – Public inauguration of Midland Railway Lancaster–Morecambe–Heysham electrification system (6.6 kV A.C. at 25 Hz), the first overhead wire scheme on a passenger railway in England.
- July 8 – Construction begins on the Belt Line Railway of Toronto in Hull, Ontario.
- July 10 – Thamshavnbanen, the first electrified railway in Norway, opens.
- July 14 – Shinpei Goto steps down as president of the South Manchuria Railway.
- August 7 – New Zealand Railways runs first through train on North Island main trunk line between Wellington and Auckland (680 km (420 mi)).
- September 1 – Hejaz Railway opens from Damascus, Syria, to Medina, Saudi Arabia, on the Arabian Peninsula.
- November 1 – The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway introduces the Southern Belle passenger train between London and Brighton.
- November – Following experiments, the Great Western Railway of England begins to introduce Automatic Train Control on its main lines.
- December 18 – Great Northern Railway (U.S.) completes construction of the line between Great Falls and Billings, Montana.
- December 19 – Korekimi Nakamura begins his term as the second president of South Manchuria Railway.
Unknown date events
- The Soo Line acquires a majority interest in the Wisconsin Central Railway.
- Prussian P 8 Class 4-6-0 steam locomotives introduced; around 3,700 are eventually built to this design.
Unknown date births
- John Francis Nash, vice president of operations for New York Central and president of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and Lehigh Valley Railroad (died 2004).
- June 3 – Robert Gillespie Reid, builder of many Canadian railway bridges as well as the Newfoundland Railway (died 1842).
- Michie, Thomas J., ed. (1910). Railroad Reports. Charlottesville, VA: The Michie Company. p. 433. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
- Cudahy, Brian J. (2002). Rails Under the Mighty Hudson (2nd ed.). New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 0823221903. OCLC 48376141.
- Washington D.C. Chapter National Railway Historical Society. "Washington, D.C. Railroad History". Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2006.
- Rivanna Chapter National Railway Historical Society. "This month in railroad history: March". Archived from the original on 17 April 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2006.
- "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. March 17, 2006. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved May 17, 2006.
- William C., Jones; Holley, Noel T. (1986). The Kite Route: story of the Denver & Interurban Railroad. Boulder, Co.: Pruett. ISBN 0-87108-721-9.
- Lawrence, David (2000). A Logo for London. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-232-1.
- "Significant dates in Ottawa/Hull street and light railway history". Archived from the original on 16 August 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2005.
- Norsk Jernbaneklubb (1994). Banedata '94 (in Norwegian). ISBN 82-90286-15-5.
- "The North Island main trunk line". New Zealand History online. Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
- Tourret, R. (1989). Hedjaz Railway. Abingdon: Tourret Publishing. ISBN 0-905878-05-1.
- Hill, Keith (February 2005). "Brighton's Belle Époque". BackTrack 19 (2): p 70–79.
- Winkworth, D. W. (1988). Southern Titled Trains. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-9179-8.
- Longman, Jon (December 2008). "From The Railway Magazine archives". The Railway Magazine 154 (1,292): p 40.
- MacDermot, E. T. (1964). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. II, 1863–1921. London: Ian Allan.
- Railroads of Montana – Lewiston newspaper index – Great Northern Railway. Archived from the original on 16 December 2005. Retrieved December 18, 2005.
- "Brief biographies of mechanical engineers". Archived from the original on 13 February 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2004.
- White, John H., Jr. (1968). A history of the American locomotive; its development: 1830-1880. New York, NY: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-23818-0.