1888 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1888.
- February 24 – Grand Trunk Railway acquires the Northern and Northwestern Railway.
- February 29 – Opening of Listowel and Ballybunion monorail in Ireland.
- May – The Great Indian Peninsula Railway completes its Victoria Terminus station building in Bombay's Bori Bunder district.
- April 1 – The Old Colony Railroad leases the Boston and Providence Railroad for a period of 99 years.
- June 11 – The Canadian Pacific acquires control of the Soo Line, renaming it to the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad.
- June 15 – The first train to Casper, Wyoming, operating on the Chicago and North Western Railway, arrives.
- July–August – First "Race to the North": Operators of the West and East Coast Main Lines in Britain accelerate their services between London and Edinburgh.
- August 7 – Sir William Cornelius Van Horne succeeds George Stephen as president of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
- August 12 – Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway subsidiary companies complete construction of the final link in what has come to be known as the Surf Line connecting Los Angeles and San Diego.
- September 10 – The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway (later to become known as the Milwaukee Road) operates the first passenger train with electric lights (rather than gas lights) in the United States west of Chicago, Illinois, on a train between Chicago and the Twin Cities.
- September 18 – The first revenue train on the Canada Atlantic Railway's Chaudière Extension departs for Chaudière Falls, Ontario (near Ottawa).
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- Spring – The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway begins through service between Kansas City, Kansas, and Chicago, Illinois, over the railroad's newly completed line.
- First section of metre gauge Brünig railway line in Switzerland opened by Jura–Bern–Lucerne Railway from Brienz over the Brünig Pass to Alpnachstad using the Riggenbach rack system.
- First articulated Mallet locomotive completed, by Tubize of Belgium.
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- April 19 – Thomas Russell Crampton, English steam locomotive designer who produced the Crampton locomotive type as well as a tunnel boring machine for the Channel Tunnel (b. 1816).
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- Knowles, Valerie (2004). From Telegrapher to Titan : the life of William C. Van Horne. Toronto: Dundurn. ISBN 1-55002-488-4.
- Duke, Donald; Kistler, Stan (1963). Santa Fe ...Steel Rails Through California. San Marino, California: Golden West Books. p. 43. ISBN 0-87095-009-6.
- Milwaukee Road Historical Association. "A Brief History of the Milwaukee Road". Retrieved April 28, 2006.
- Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (September 7, 2005). "Significant dates in Ottawa railway history". Archived from the original on October 4, 2005. Retrieved September 18, 2005.
- "Garabit en quelques dates". Garabit, la plus belle réalisation de Gustave Eiffel. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
- Poughkeepsie Bridge at Structurae
- Santa Fe Railroad (1945). Along Your Way. Chicago, Illinois: Rand McNally.
- Durrant, A. E. (1974). The Mallet Locomotive. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5904-5.
- Steamindex (September 25, 2004). "Thomas Crampton". Archived from the original on February 10, 2005. Retrieved February 9, 2005.