1864 in rail transport
|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1864.
- The Central Pacific Railroad hires its first Chinese workers. One of them, Hung Wah, will go on to command the largest and longest-working work crew on the CPRR.
- January 10 - The Illinois Central, Columbus and Indianapolis and Richmond and Covington railroads sign an agreement for joint operation as the Great Central Line between Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, headed by the Indiana Central Railway.
- January 13 - Samuel C. Pomeroy succeeds Cyrus K. Holliday as president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
- June 3 - The first revenue trains operate over the Central Pacific Railroad between Sacramento, California and Newcastle, California.
- June 29 - St-Hilaire train disaster, Beloeil, Quebec, Canada: 99 killed when an immigrant train fails to stop at an open swing bridge and falls into the Richelieu River.
- July - Samuel Marsh succeeds Nathaniel Marsh for a second term as president of the Erie Railroad.
- July 2 - The Northern Pacific Railway is chartered to build a northern transcontinental railroad in the United States.
- July 9 - Franz Muller kills Thomas Briggs in a North London Railway train, the first British railway murder.
- August 24 - The United States Postal Service inaugurates the first railway post office route in the United States when Chicago Assistant Postmaster George B. Armstrong authorizes the route on the Chicago and North Western Railway between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa.
Unknown date events
- Cornelius Vanderbilt acquires the Hudson River Railroad.
- Murray, Dougal and Company, later to become part of American Car and Foundry, is founded in Milton, Pennsylvania.
- February 6 - George Jay Gould I, eldest son of Jay Gould, president of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad (d. 1923).
- June 8 - Herbert William Garratt, English steam locomotive builder and inventor of the Garratt locomotive type (d. 1913).
- July 15 – Franklin Knight Lane, Interstate Commerce Commission commissioner 1905-1913, chairman of same in 1913, is born (d. 1921).
Unknown date deaths
- Stephen H. Long, American steam locomotive mechanical engineer who helped build the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (b. 1784).
- Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press.
- White, John H. History of the American locomotive.
- Chew, Wm. F. "Nameless Builders of the Transcontinental Railroad" (PDF)., pp. 37 ff. 2004.
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- Irving, H. B. (1986). "The first railway murder". In Goodman, Jonathan (ed). The Railway Murders. London: Sphere. pp. 13–35. ISBN 0-7221-3871-7.
- "History of the United States Postal Service 1775-1993: The Postal Role in U.S. Development". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on August 15, 2005. Retrieved August 28, 2005.
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