1861 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1861.
- May 13 - Line opened between Karachi and Kochi (169 km (105 mi)) on 5 ft 6in (1676 mm) gauge, the first railway in present-day Pakistan.
- June 16 - Battle of Vienna, Virginia, is the first time in history a railroad was used tactically in battle.
- June - Opening of first section of rail line in Paraguay, under the auspices of Presidente Carlos Antonio López, with mainly British engineering, 4 km (2.5 mi) from Asunción to Trinidad on the Iberian gauge of 1,672 mm (5 ft 5 13⁄16 in). Regular services to Paraguarí begin on September 21 and on December 25 the line is extended to the city of Luque.
- July 21 - Railroad transport of Confederate States of America troops delivers decisive reinforcements providing victory in the First Battle of Bull Run.
- December 25 - Opening of first rail line in Latvia, between Riga and Dinaburg (Daugavpils), 230 km (140 mi) on the Imperial Russian gauge of 1,524 mm (5 ft).
Unknown date events
- Jackson and Woodin Manufacturing Company in Berwick, Pennsylvania, later to become part of American Car and Foundry, begins manufacturing railroad infrastructure parts.
- April 26 - Zhan Tianyou, Chief Engineer responsible for construction of the Imperial Peking-Kalgan Railway, the first railway constructed in China without foreign assistance (d. 1919).
- November 2 - Oliver Robert Hawke Bury, Chief mechanical engineer and manager of Great Western Railway of Brazil 1892–1894, general manager of the Great Northern Railway in England 1902–1912, Director of the London and North Eastern Railway 1912–1945 (d. 1946).
- October 13 - Sir William Cubitt, civil engineer on the South Eastern and Great Northern Railways of England (d. 1861).
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- Williams, Glyn (2006–2008). "Railways in Paraguay". Retrieved 2010-01-28.
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- Westwood, John (1980). Railways at War. Howell-North Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-8310-7138-9.
- Williams, Glyn (2004–2014). "Railways in Latvia". Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- Marshall, John (2003). Biographical Dictionary of Railway Engineers (2nd ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901461-22-9.