1996 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1996.
- 1 Events
- 2 Accidents
- 3 Deaths
- 4 References
- January 6 - A computer-controlled Washington Metro train overruns the platform at the Shady Grove station, colliding with a parked train and fatally injuring the operator.
- February 4 - The first two British passenger train operating companies begin operation of their service franchises as part of the privatisation of British Rail: South West Trains (part of the Stagecoach Group) and Great Western Trains (management buyout).
- February 10 - Woodlands Extension of the North South MRT Line in Singapore opened, added 6 new stations to the current network.
- February 19 - Approximately 1000 passengers are trapped in the Channel Tunnel when two Eurostar trains break down due to electronic failures caused by snow and ice.
- February 24 - The three British trainload freight companies, Load-Haul, Mainline Freight and Trans-Rail, are acquired together by North & South Railways Ltd, an affiliate of Wisconsin Central Ltd, as part of the privatisation of British Rail.
- March 4 - Weyauwega, Wisconsin derailment: A Wisconsin Central freight train derails on a broken switch in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. The derailment forces the evacuation of the entire town until March 20 while fire crews work to control the resulting blaze.
- March 15 - Amtrak selects the "American Flyer" design developed by Bombardier and Alstom, based on the TGV trains of France, as the design model for its Acela Express rolling stock.
- March 18 - SNCF begins a construction project to renew the track ballast on the Paris-Lyon TGV line; the project is expected to last through 2006.
- March 28 - Muzha Line of Taipei Mass Rapid Transit, one of the first rapid transit lines of Taiwan, opens.
- March – Government of Guatemala suspends operation on the entire 885 km (550 mi) Ferrocarriles de Guatemala network.
- April 14 - The British trainload freight company North & South Railways Ltd becomes EWS.
- April 21 - The Jokela rail accident, a derailment in thick fog, kills 4 in Tuusula, Finland.
- April 27 - The Tōyō Rapid Railway Line, connecting Nishi-Funabashi and Katsutadai opens in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
- April 28 - Further British train operating companies begin operation of their passenger service franchises as part of the privatisation of British Rail: Gatwick Express and Midland Mainline (both National Express Group) and Great North Eastern Railway (Sea Containers Ltd).
- May 4 – Purchase by the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad of the former Chicago and North Western Railway branch lines from Rapid City, South Dakota to Colony, Wyoming and Crawford, Nebraska becomes effective.
- May 12 - The Green Line of the CTA elevated and subway rail system, returns to service after a $400 million, 2½-year reconstruction period. Many station facilities were still incomplete, while several other stations (including, Halsted/Lake, 58th, 61st, Racine, and University/63rd) were closed indefinitely.
- May 17 - Canadian National Railway's Beachburg Subdivision between Pembroke and Nipissing, 126 miles (203 km) of track which traversed Algonquin Provincial Park, is officially abandoned.
- May 20 - The British railway infrastructure management company, Railtrack, is privatised, being floated on the London Stock Exchange with shares worth 360p.
- May 26 - Further British train operating companies begin operation of their passenger service franchises in England as part of the privatisation of British Rail: Connex South Central and LTS Rail (a subsidiary of Prism Rail).
- June 2 - First part of the Belgian High Speed line (HSL 1, from Antoing to the French Border) put into service, continuing the French LGV Nord.
- June 26 - The Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railroad and the A&G Railroad merge to form the Bay Line Railroad.
- July 21 - British train operating company Chiltern Railways begins operation of its passenger service franchise in England as part of the privatisation of British Rail, following a management buyout.
- July 24 - The Dehiwala train bombing carried out by the LTTE kills 64 people.
- July 27 - Ron Burns becomes president of Union Pacific Railroad.
- July 28 - The Talleyrand Terminal Railroad (a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.) begins operations in Jacksonville, Florida.
- July 31 - Canadian Pacific Railway makes the last run of a grain load in a 40 ft (12 m) boxcar with the final deliveries of grain to Thunder Bay, Ontario.
- July 31 - The first low-floor light rail car in North America is received (from its manufacturer, Siemens) by Portland, Oregon's TriMet.
- August 19 - Metra's North Central Service commuter rail line begins operations on the Milwaukee District/West Line and on the Wisconsin Central Railroad between Union Station in downtown Chicago and Antioch.
- September 11 - The Union Pacific Railroad finishes the acquisition that was effectively begun almost a century before with the purchase of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The merged company retains the name "Union Pacific" for all railroad operations.
- September 14 - The York–Durham Heritage Railway begins operations on CN's former branch between Uxbridge and Stouffville, Ontario.
- October 1 - The Norwegian Railway Inspectorate is created.
- October 13 - Further British train operating companies begin operation of their passenger service franchises as part of the privatisation of British Rail: Cardiff Railway Company (operating as Valley Lines) and Wales and West (both subsidiaries of Prism Rail); Connex South Eastern; Island Line, Isle of Wight (Stagecoach Group); and Thames Trains (Go-Ahead Group).
- October - The first stage of Cairo Metro's Line Two (the Yellow line) opens.
- November 18 - Channel Tunnel fire seriously damaging 200 m of the tunnel's lining.
- November 21 - Limited freight service in the Channel Tunnel resumes while construction crews make repairs at the location of the fire three days earlier.
- December 1 - Norwegian State Railways is split into the Norwegian National Rail Administration and the Norwegian State Railways.
- December 4 - Passenger service resumes through the Channel Tunnel.
- December 5
- BNSF Railway reopens Stampede Pass in Washington and resumes operating freight trains over the line.
- Canadian National Railway (CN) operates its last train of grain to be hauled in 40 ft (12 m) boxcars; CN SD40s numbered 5256 and 5051 depart Canora, Saskatchewan, with a train of 114 such boxcars bound for Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
- December 30
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit opens the first line of Trinity Railway Express between Dallas and Irving, Texas.
- The Brahmaputra Mail train bombing: a bomb explodes a train travelling in Lower Assam in Eastern India, totally destroying three carriages of the train and derailing six more, killing at least 33 people.
- December 31 - The Burlington Northern Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway merge to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.
Unknown date events
- The Hell Gate Bridge, built in 1916, is overhauled, including its first paint job in 80 years.
- Construction begins on San Juan, Puerto Rico's Tren Urbano mass transit system.
- Following partial flooding of the track for a hydroelectric project, the main line of the Paraguay railway system between and Asunción and Encarnación ceases to operate.
- January 3 - Terence Cuneo, British railway artist (born 1907).
- "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. Archived from the original on 5 September 2005. Retrieved 13 September 2005.
- "Passenger train operating companes: who bought what". Railway Magazine: 20. April 1997.
- Wolmar, Christian (22 February 1996). "Wrong kind of snow in tunnel...". The Independent. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
- "15 mars dans les chemins de fer" (in French). 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "18 mars dans les chemins de fer". French language Wikipedia (in French). Retrieved 2007-03-09.
- Williams, Glyn (July 2006). "Railways in Guatemala". Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- Terada, Hirokazu (January 19, 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.
- "Significant dates in Ottawa railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. 2006-04-28. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-17.
- Left, Sarah (2002-01-15). "Key dates in Britain's railway history". The Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- McDonnell, Greg (April 1997). "In Canada, finis for 40-footers". Trains Magazine 57 (4): 17–18.
- Oliver, Gordon (August 1, 1996). "MAX takes keys to cool new model". The Oregonian, p. D1.
- "Union Pacific Railroad Chronological History". Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 22 July 2005.
- "York-Durham Heritage Railway". Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- "Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad reopens Stampede Pass line on December 5, 1996". HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 5 December 2005.
- Trinity Railway Express, Significant dates in Trinity Railway Express history. Retrieved December 27, 2005.
- DART, DART history. Retrieved December 27, 2005.
- "Setbacks for Puerto Rico's system". Trains Magazine: p 31. May 2002.
- "Historia". FEPASA. Archived from the original on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
- "Obituary". Trains Magazine 57 (2): 18A. February 1997.