1880 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1880.
- February 9 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building southwestward from Kansas, reaches Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- February 12 - The Tawas and Bay County Railroad in Michigan purchases the Lake Huron and Southwestern Railway.
- February 18 - Adna Anderson succeeds William Milnor Roberts as Engineer-in-Chief of Northern Pacific Railway.
- March 20 - The first Southern Pacific Railroad train reaches Tucson, Arizona.
- March 20 - The Miami Valley Railway is sold from receivership to the Toledo, Delphos and Burlington railway.
- March 27 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad reach an agreement to end hostilities over track construction in Colorado; in the Treaty of Boston, the D&RG agreed that it would not build tracks south of Española, New Mexico, the Santa Fe agreed that it would not build tracks into either Denver or Leadville for ten years, and the Union Pacific agreed not to build any track in the Colorado Rockies.
- April 15 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building southwestward from Kansas, reaches Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- June 8 - The Miami Valley Railway is reincorporated as the Cincinnati Northern Railway.
- June 15 - Rebuilt Berlin Anhalter Bahnhof in Germany opened.
- June 18 - First section of railroad in Guatemala begins operation, connecting Puerto San José and Escuintla (914 mm (3 ft) gauge).
- July 1 - The Callander and Oban Railway is opened throughout to Oban in Scotland.
- July 2 - The first revenue trains reach Leadville, Colorado, on the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad.
- July 10 - The California Southern Railroad is organized to build a rail connection between San Diego and a connection with the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in California.
- July 20 - Construction on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad reaches Leadville, Colorado.
- August 11 - The Wennington Junction rail crash in England kills 8 people.
- October 1 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building southwestward from Kansas, reaches San Marcial, New Mexico.
- October 23 - Following its organization in July, the California Southern Railroad is officially chartered.
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- Summer - The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, later to become part of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, begins construction west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Eugene V. Debs becomes the Grand Secretary of American labor organization Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen.
- The Richmond and West Point Terminal Railway and Warehouse Company is chartered as a holding company to acquire railroads that the Richmond and Danville Railroad itself couldn't.
- Lima Machine Works ships the first Shay locomotive to Ephraim Shay's design to a logger in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Alonzo C. Mather forms the Mather Stock Car Company to build stock cars of his own design.
- The Peninsular Car Company delivers the first refrigerator cars to Swift and Company, forming the basis of Swift Refrigerator Line.
- The Merchants Despatch enters the refrigerated transit business.
- Mexican President General Manuel González grants a rail concession to Albert Kinsey Owen to build the Chihuahua al Pacífico.
- June 21 - Josiah Stamp, Chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1926-1941 (d. 1941).
- January 1 - Morris Ketchum, partner in Rogers, Ketchum and Grosvenor, director of Illinois Central Railroad (b. 1796).
- Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Retrieved July 18, 2005.
- Railroad History Timeline 1880. Retrieved March 23, 2005.
- Reitwiesner, William Addams, The Ancestors of Julia Stimson Thorne. Retrieved October 11, 2005.
- Santa Fe Railroad (1945), Along Your Way, Rand McNally, Chicago, Illinois.
- MichiganRailroads.com Railroad History Timeline: 1880. Retrieved February 12, 2006.
- Rivanna Chapter National Railway Historical Society. "This Month in Railroad History: March". Archived from the original on 17 April 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2006.
- Blaszak, Michael W. "Santa Fe: A Chronology". ATSF Internet Resource Center. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- Griffin, James R. (2003). Rio Grande Railroad. Voyageur Press. pp. 27–28. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- Hilton, George W. (1990). American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford University Press. p. 346. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- Ross, Delmer G. (1977). "The construction of the Interoceanic Railroad of Guatemala". The Americas. 33: 430–56. JSTOR 980947.
- Serpico, Philip C. (1988). Santa Fé Route to the Pacific. Palmdale, California: Omni Publications. ISBN 0-88418-000-X.
- "Sir Josiah Charles Stamp". Steam Index. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2007.