1969 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1969.
- January – The PATCO Hi-Speedline, in southeastern Pennsylvania, opens.
- January 1 – As ordered by court, Penn Central takes over the assets and operations of the bankrupt New York, New Haven and Hartford ("New Haven") for $22 million; new passenger timetables over the new PC New Haven Region take effect February 2.
- January 5 – Last trains over the Waverley Route from Edinburgh in Scotland to Carlisle in England.
- April 5 – The South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh in England, reopens as a preserved steam railway, the Dart Valley Railway.
- May 5 – The Lewes-Uckfield (or Wealden Line) railway line is closed under British Rail and Richard Beeching's Beeching Axe in East Sussex, England.
- May 6 – The Chicago Transit Authority's Englewood 'L' service is extended to the new Ashland/63rd Terminal, replacing the former facilities at the old Loomis station.
- May 7 – A northbound passenger train from London, England, bound for Aberdeen, Scotland, takes the curve in Morpeth too quickly and derails in the Morpeth rail crash (6 killed).
- May – Union Pacific Railroad takes delivery of General Motors Electro-Motive Division EMD DDA40X, the most powerful and largest diesel locomotive to date.
- June – Seaboard Coast Line Railroad discontinues the Silver Comet passenger train service.
- June 1 – The Catalan Talgo Trans Europ Express begins providing a through service between Barcelona (Spain) and Geneva (Switzerland) with a wheelset change at Portbou station to overcome the break-of-gauge at the Spanish–French border.
- September 28 – The Dan Ryan Extension of the Chicago 'L' system is placed in operation between 17th and State Streets and 95th Street in the median of the Dan Ryan Expressway. The new Dan Ryan Line was originally combined with the Lake Street 'L' to form the West-South Route (Lake-Dan Ryan) providing through service between 95th Street and Harlem Avenue, Forest Park, using the first of the 2200-series rapid transit cars (2201–2350) built by the Budd Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nine stations, designed by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owens and Merrill, are opened at Cermak-Chinatown, 33rd-35th (White Sox Park), 47th, Garfield, 63rd, 69th, 79th, 87th, and 95th. The Dan Ryan branch is now the southern half of today's Red Line.
- November 3 – Kansas City Southern's Southern Belle passenger train service between Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana, makes its final run.
- November 29 – Opening of standard gauge link between Broken Hill, New South Wales and Port Pirie, South Australia, completing the East–West rail corridor, Australia, on standard gauge between Sydney and Perth.
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- ALCO ceases new diesel locomotive manufacturing.
- The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway operates the last freight train on its subsidiary Grand Canyon Railway.
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- "Last Day of the Waverley Route". Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- "Miss Southern Belle' dies". Trains News Wire. April 27, 2005. Archived from the original on May 27, 2005. Retrieved May 4, 2005.
- Carter, Thad Hills (2009). Kansas City Southern Railway. Images of Rail. (Reprint of an article by Philip Moseley originally published in the May 1986 issue of Arkansas Railroader). Charleston, SC; Chicago, IL; Portsmouth, NH; San Francisco, CA: Arcadia Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-7385-6001-4. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
I was working that night November 3, 1969, when the last southbound run of the Southern Belle made its way into DeQueen.
- "National Railway Museum Port Adelaide – Rail History". natrailmuseum.org.au. Archived from the original on March 23, 2008. Retrieved March 29, 2008.
- Bianchi, Curt (May 1995). "By steam to the Grand Canyon". Trains Magazine: p. 38–45.