1850 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1850.
- January – Maine Central Railroad predecessor Androscoggin and Kennebec Railroad is completed between Auburn, Maine and Waterville, Maine.
- May 13 – The Mecklenburgische Eisenbahngesellschaft opens the Rostock-Bützow-Bad Kleinen and Güstrow-Bützow railway lines in northern Germany.
- July 1 – Joseph Hamilton Beattie succeeds John Viret Gooch as locomotive engineer for London and South Western Railway.
- July 4 - Chile : The first section of the Copiapó-Caldera railway line - the first one in South America - between Caldera and Monte Amargo was inaugurated on July 4 of 1850 in honour of the nationality of William Wheelwright, the American business man responsible for the project.
- August 29 – Robert Stephenson's Royal Border Bridge for the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway at Berwick-upon-Tweed, England is opened by Queen Victoria.
- October 19 – Robert Stephenson's Britannia Bridge, completing the Chester and Holyhead Railway over the Menai Strait in North Wales, is opened.
- November 19 – Farmers around Detroit, Michigan, burn down the Michigan Central Railroad's freight house in Detroit; the farmers were angry at the railroad's policy regarding not reimbursing them for livestock killed by trains when the stock wandered onto the tracks.
- November 20 – The first train operates on the Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, a predecessor of the Milwaukee Road.
Unknown date events
- The Richmond and Danville Railroad begins operation in Virginia.
- Construction begins on the first transcontinental railroad to be completed, the Panama Railway.
- February 27 – Henry Huntington, nephew of Collis P. Huntington and executive in charge of Pacific Electric in the early part of the 20th century (d. 1927).
- November 19 – Jule Murat Hannaford, president of Northern Pacific Railway 1913–1920, is born (d. 1934)
- University of Newcastle upon Tyne. "SINE: Structure Details".
- Baughan, Peter E. (1972). The Chester & Holyhead Railway, vol. 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5617-8.
- "Irate farmers burn freight house in 1850". Detroit Free Press. November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005). "This month in railroad history – November". Retrieved November 20, 2005.
- Northern Pacific. Annual Report. St. Paul [Minn.]: Northern Pacific, 1934, p. 17.
- Railway Age, September 29, 1934, p. 390.
- Howson, Elmer T.; D. A. Steel; J. B. Tebo, eds. (1922). The Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America (1922 ed.). New York: Simmons-Boardman. p. 267.
- "Timothy Hackworth". September 22, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2005.