1912 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1912.
- January 1 – The classification and renumbering of all the rolling stock of the three constituent railways tahat formed South African Railways in 1910 is implemented.
- January 3 – Canadian Pacific Railway leases the Dominion Atlantic Railway in Nova Scotia.
- January 22 – Florida East Coast Railway opens the Key West Extension in Florida.
- February 7 – Official opening ceremonies are held for the Usambara Railway in German East Africa.
- February 11 – Togura Station, in Chikuma, Nagano, Japan, opens.
- February 27 – Pacific Great Eastern Railway (predecessor of the British Columbia Railway) is incorporated to build a line from Vancouver north to a connection with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway at Prince George, British Columbia.
- June 1 – The first streetcars cross the new Lechmere Viaduct and run on the Causeway Street Elevated line in revenue service in Boston.
- June 2 – Chicago, Lake Shore and South Bend Railroad (predecessor of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad) begins "one-car" passenger service directly to the Chicago Loop.
- August 1 – Jungfraubahn mountain rack railway in Switzerland completed by inauguration of the subterranean Jungfraujoch railway station, Europe's highest at 3,450 metres (11,320 ft) above sea level.
- November – The Royal Bavarian State Railways begins the process of standardising the Railway electrification system in German-speaking countries at 15 kV AC, 16.6 Hz.
- November 24 – The Pennsylvania Railroad’s premier Chicago to New York train is christened the Broad Way Limited (named for the railroad’s four-track main line, not the New York City Theater District).
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- First FD Class 0-10-0 steam locomotive introduced in Russia. This will become the world's largest class with around 14,000 built.
- The world’s first diesel locomotive designed for main line use, built by Gesellschaft für Thermolokomotiven Diesel-Klose-Sulzer GmbH for the Prussian state railways, Germany, receives trials on the Winterthur–Romanshorn line in Switzerland prior to delivery to Berlin for more trials in September. The unit has direct mechanical transmission with a weight of 95 tonnes, power of 883 kW and a theoretical maximum speed of 100 km/h but will not prove to be a commercial success.
- Berne gauge European standard loading gauge agreed at an international railway conference held and consequent convention signed in Berne, Switzerland.
- Portland Company completes the last freight car commercially manufactured for Maine narrow gauge railroads.
- Oliver Bury steps down from the General Manager position at the Great Northern Railway in England.
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- Classification of S.A.R. Engines with Renumbering Lists, issued by the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office, Pretoria, January 1912, pp. 7, 12, 15, 46 (Reprinted in April 1987 by SATS Museum, R.3125-6/9/11-1000)
- Hart, George, ed. (c. 1978). The South African Railways - Historical Survey. Bill Hart, Sponsored by Dorbyl Ltd. p. 25.
- Florida East Coast Railway (1912). Announcement: Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway. Smithsonian Libraries. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- Clarke, Bradley H.; Cummings, O.R. (1997). Tremont Street Subway: A Century of Public Service. Boston Street Railway Association. pp. 39–49. ISBN 0938315048.
- "VIADUCT CARS ALL RUNNING: East Cambridge Folk Much Pleased. Seven Minutes Saved and End Put to Vexatious Delays. Few Paid Fares to Say They Were on First Cars". Boston Daily Globe. 1 June 1912. Retrieved 2 May 2014 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers. (Subscription required (. ))
- "South Shore Railroad history". Chicago Post-Tribune. June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.[dead link]
- Hennessey, R. A. S. (2012). "Some firsts and other anniversaries; 2012". Electric Railway. 57: 154.
- Balkwill, Richard; Marshall, John (1993). The Guinness Book of Railway Facts and Feats (6th ed.). Enfield: Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-707-X.
- Richardson, Matthew (2001). The Penguin Book of Firsts. New Delhi: Penguin Books India. p. 280. ISBN 0-14-302771-9.
- Churella, Albert J. (1998). From Steam to Diesel: Managerial Customs and Organizational Capabilities in the Twentieth-Century American Locomotive Industry. Princeton University Press. p. 12. ISBN 0-691-02776-5.
- Glatte, Wolfgang (1993). Deutsches Lok-Archiv: Diesellokomotiven (4. ed.). Berlin: Transpress. ISBN 3-344-70767-1.
- Kohler, Gary; McChesney, Chris (2004). Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley, Volume IV. M2FQ Publications.