1847 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1847.
- February 26 – The Somerville and Easton Railroad, a predecessor of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, is chartered.
- March 9 – The Richmond and Danville Railroad is chartered in Virginia.
- March 15 – The Amiens-Boulogne line in France opens between Abbeville and Étaples.
- March 16 – The Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway opens between Shipley and Keighley in West Yorkshire, England.
- March – First ever 4-6-0 locomotive, the Chesapeake, completed by the Norris Locomotive Works for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.
- April 19 – The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, a predecessor of the New York Central Railroad, officially changes its name to Albany and Schenectady Railroad.
- May 24 – The Dee bridge disaster: a cast iron girder bridge across the river Dee at Chester, England, designed by Robert Stephenson for the Chester and Holyhead Railway, collapses under a Shrewsbury and Chester Railway train with five fatalities.
- May 31 – The first railway connection between Rotterdam and The Hague opens in the Netherlands.
- June – The first Bradshaws Continental Railway Guide timetable is published by George Bradshaw in England.
- June 26 – Opening of first railway wholly within modern-day Denmark, from Copenhagen to Roskilde.[page needed]
- July 9 – The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway is incorporated as an amalgamation of several important railway lines in Northern England.
- July 28 – Bristol and Exeter Railway's Clevedon branch line opens.
- August 9 – Opening of first railway wholly within Switzerland, from Zürich to Baden.[page needed]
- September 22 – The Railway Clearing House in Great Britain recommends that Greenwich Mean Time be adopted as the standard time for all railways in the United Kingdom.
- December 1
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- John Urpeth Rastrick retires from Foster, Rastrick and Company, the English firm that built the first steam locomotives for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.
- October 6 - Webb C. Ball, watchmaker who introduced the first truly reliable and accurate timepieces on American railroads.
- November 16 - Thomas Kirtley, locomotive superintendent of North Midland Railway 1843-1844, and London, Brighton and South Coast Railway in 1847, dies (b. 1811).
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- Balkwill, Richard; Marshall, John (1993). The Guinness Book of Railway Facts and Feats (6th ed.). Enfield: Guinness Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85112-707-1.
- Lewis, Peter R. (2007). Disaster on the Dee: Robert Stephenson's Nemesis of 1847. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7524-4266-2.
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- Marshall, John (1989). The Guinness Railway Book. Enfield: Guinness Books. ISBN 0-8511-2359-7. OCLC 24175552.
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, vol. 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-4352-4.
- "Daylight Saving Time - Standard time began with the railroads". Archived from the original on 15 September 2005. Retrieved 2005-09-22.
- Holt, Jeff (1985). The Grand Trunk in New England. Railfare. p. 124. ISBN 0-919130-43-7.
- Clinker, C. R. Railways of the West Midlands – a chronology, 1808-1954. London: Stephenson Locomotive Society.
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