1898 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1898.
- April 1 – The Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway opens between Aberlady Junction and Gullane, Scotland.
- April 20 – Electrification of the South Side Elevated Railway in Chicago is completed ending all steam locomotive operations on the route. Multiple-unit (M.U.) train control is also introduced by railroad engineer Frank J. Sprague.
- May – E. H. Harriman becomes chairman of the executive committee for the Union Pacific Railroad.
- May 11 – The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway in England opens.
- May 16 – Passenger service is inaugurated on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.
- June 12 – Regular revenue service begins on the Detroit, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor Railway in Michigan.
- July 3 – Rail transport in Sudan: Desert railway from Wadi Halfa completed to Atbara by British military engineers on 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge.
- July 11 – Opening of the London and South Western Railway’s Waterloo & City line, the second deep-level electrified "tube" railway in London.
- July 21 – First section of White Pass and Yukon Route opens out of Skagway, Alaska, first railroad in the territory.
- July 23 – Brooks Locomotive Works completes its 3,000th new steam locomotive.
- July 30 – The Société des Chemins de fer vicinaux du Mayumbe (CVM) is created to build and operate a network of 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railways in the province of Lower Congo, in the Congo Free State, with a planned extension to the Republic of Congo.
- September 2 – The Wellingborough rail accident in England kills 7 people.
- October 17 – The Wrawby Junction rail crash in England kills 9 people.
Unknown date events
- Sunset magazine is founded as a promotional tool of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
- The Loup Creek & Deepwater railway is officially renamed Deepwater Railway
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- October 12 – John M. Forbes, president of the Michigan Central Railroad and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (b. 1813).
- December 15 – Calvin S. Brice, president of Lake Erie and Western Railroad, builder of Nickel Plate Road (b. 1845).
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- "Timeline of Old Plank Road Trail history and development". Retrieved March 1, 2005.
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- White, John H. Jr. (1968). A history of the American locomotive; its development: 1830-1880. New York, NY: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-23818-0.
- "(untitled)". Edinburgh Evening News. 1 April 1898.
- Thomas, John (1984). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. Vol. 6, Scotland, the Lowlands and the Borders. revised by J.S. Paterson (revised ed.). Newton Abbot: David and Charles. ISBN 0 946537 12 7.
- "Railroad History Time Line 1989". Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- Gillham, J. C. (1988). The Age of the Electric Train: Electric Trains in Britain since 1883. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1392-6.
- "Supply Trade Notes". The Railway Age. Chicago, IL. XXXII (16): 446. October 18, 1901. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
- "Chemin de fer de Boma à Tshela". KANGU - MAYUMBE - BAS-CONGO (in French). February 23, 2009.
- United States Congress. "Brice, Calvin Stewart (id: B000818)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 30, 2008.