1934 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1934.
- February - The Pullman Car Company completes construction on Union Pacific Railroad's M-10000 streamlined passenger trainset.
- February 12 - Union Pacific takes delivery of M-10000, later known as the "City of Salina".
- April 9 - The Budd Company completes construction of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr.
- April 18 - The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr is first christened as the Zephyr at Pennsylvania Railroad's Broad Street station.
- April 21 - Ferrovie dello Stato, Italy, opens Direttissima line throughout from Bologna to Florence (97 km) via Apennine Base Tunnel (18.507 km).
- April 30 - The first S-train line in Copenhagen is opened, from Klampenborg to Frederiksberg.
- The first Italian E428 electric locomotive is produced.
- May 26 - Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr makes its "dawn-to-dusk" nonstop run between Denver, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois.
- June - The Maine Coast Special begins summer service between Montreal and Kennebunkport, Maine over the Grand Trunk, Maine Central and Boston & Maine railroads.
- June 26 - Matthew S. Sloan becomes president of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.
- June 29 - The Southern Railway renames the Southern Belle passenger train (between London and Brighton, England) to Brighton Belle.
- July 15 - The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company and the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad begin 90-minute service on their 85-mile (137 km) routes between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a precursor to high-speed service to Minneapolis–Saint Paul.
- First London, Midland and Scottish Railway Class 5 4-6-0 "Black 5" to William Stanier's design completed by Vulcan Foundry. 842 locomotives of this type are eventually completed, with examples in service until the last day of steam on British Rail.
- September 23 - The Broadway-Rensselaer streetcar line in Albany, New York, operated by United Traction Company, is abandoned.
- September 28 - The Winwick rail crash on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway occurs when a busy signalman lines an express passenger train onto a track occupied by a stationary local train; 12 people die in the collision as three of the train's passenger cars are telescoped.
- October 12 - The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is created from the merger of five industry organizations.
- October 22 - The M-10001, still in its original 900 horsepower (670 kW) incarnation, sets an as-yet unbroken record from coast to coast of the United States, running from Oakland Pier to Grand Central Station in 57 hours.
- November 11 - Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad inaugurates regular passenger service between Lincoln, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri, using the Pioneer Zephyr trainset.
- December 14 - The New York Central Railroad unveils the "Commodore Vanderbilt", the first streamliner steam locomotive and the inspiration for one of Lionel's more popular toy locomotives.
- December 26 - The Pullman Car & Manufacturing Co. merges with its subsidiary Standard Steel Car Company to become Pullman-Standard.
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- The first PRR GG1 electric locomotives enter service on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
- 30th Street Station (originally known as Pennsylvania Station) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is built by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
- High Line, New York City, opened to freight traffic.
- The first 2-6-6-4 steam locomotives in the world are delivered to the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad.
- ALCO renames the Brooks Works plant, formerly Brooks Locomotive Works, in Dunkirk, New York, to ALCO Thermal Products Division.
- The San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway discontinues operation of the railroad's three gasoline-electric units.
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- September 24 – Jule Murat Hannaford, president of Northern Pacific Railway 1913-1920, dies (born 1850).
- Schneider, Ascanio (1963). Gebirgsbahnen Europas. Zürich: Orell Füssli Verlag.
- Montreal Gazette 16 June 1934
- Hill, Keith (February 2005). "Brighton's Belle Époque". BackTrack 19 (2): pp. 70–79.
- Scribbins, Jim (2008) . The 400 Story. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 9780816654499. OCLC 191760067.
- Rowledge, J.W.P. (1989). LMS Locomotives: names, numbers, types & classes. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-9381-9.
- Mohawk and Hudson Chapter National Railway Historical Society (2003). "Albany Area Railroads: History and Context". Archived from the original on 2005-07-17. Retrieved 2005-09-23.
- "High Line History". Friends of the High Line. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- Northern Pacific. Annual Report. St. Paul [Minn.]: Northern Pacific, 1934, p. 17.
- Railway Age, September 29, 1934, p. 390.