1919 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1919.
- March 5 – Rebuilt Helsinki Central railway station officially opened (architect: Eliel Saarinen).
- April 12 – Ryutaro Nomura succeeds Simbei Kunisawa for a second term as president of South Manchuria Railway.
- May 28 – Official inauguration of electrified suburban railways in Melbourne, Australia, with first train from Flinders Street station to Sandringham and Essendon.
- September 27–October 6 – Railway workers in the United Kingdom stage a strike, called by the National Union of Railwaymen.
- October 17 – Madrid Metro opens.
- November 15 – The golden spike is driven and construction of the San Diego and Arizona Railway is completed at a cost of $18 million.
- December 1
- December 3 – The Quebec Bridge, operated by Canadian National Railways, opens to rail traffic after almost two decades of construction. It is 987 meters (3,238 ft) long, incorporating the longest cantilever bridge span in the world at 549 meters (1,801 ft).
- December 20 – A collision on the International Railway of Maine killed 23 people.
Unknown date events
- Ralph Budd becomes president of the Great Northern Railway and becomes the youngest (40) president of any American railroad to date.
- The Federal Trade Commission orders Armour & Co. to sell its produce-hauling subsidiary, Fruit Growers Express (FGE), for anti-trust reasons.
- Jewett Car Company, a Newark, Ohio, producer of interurban cars and trolleys, closes after 25 years in production.
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- April 24 - Zhan Tianyou, Chief Engineer responsible for construction of the Imperial Peking-Kalgan Railway, the first railway constructed in China without foreign assistance (born 1861).
- August 3 - Samuel W. Fordyce, president of St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway 1886-1889, St. Louis Southwestern Railway 1890-1898, Kansas City Southern Railway 1900 (born 1840).
- August 11 - Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate and owner of Pittsburgh Locomotive and Car Works (born 1835).
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- Jokinen, Teppo (1998). "Eliel Saarinen – Main Station". In Thiel-Siling, Sabine (ed.). Icons of Architecture – the 20th century (2nd ed.). Munich: Prestel. pp. 24–5. ISBN 3791319493.
- Wells, Jeffrey (2010). "The Nine Days' Strike of 1919". Backtrack. 24: 22–7, 120–4.
- Hanft, Robert M. (1984). San Diego & Arizona: The Impossible Railroad. Glendale, California: Trans-Anglo Books. ISBN 0-87046-071-4.
- Dodge, Richard V. (1960). Rails of the Silver Gate. San Marino, California: Golden West Books. ISBN 0-87095-019-3.
- "Historic Anniversary for the Railway Association of Canada" (Press release). Railway Association of Canada. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
- Pont de Québec timeline (in French)
- Railroad Wrecks by Edgar A. Haine, page 148, publ 1993, ISBN 0-8453-4844-2
- "20th century great American business leaders - Ralph Budd". President and Fellows of Harvard College. 2004. Archived from the original on 5 February 2005. Retrieved 2005-02-22.
- "American Experience / Streamliners / People & Events / Ralph Budd". 2000. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005. Retrieved 2005-02-22.
- "Fruit Growers Express Company Refrigerator Car No. 35832". Sacramento, California: California State Railroad Museum Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
The most successful private refrigerator car company was the Armour Car Lines, including its subsidiary, the Fruit Growers Express. Success led to downfall, for in 1919 the Federal Trade Commission ordered the sale of the produce hauling subsidiary for anti-trust reasons. A group of eastern and southern railroads formed a new Fruit Growers Express Company in 1920 to take over the operations. By 1926 FGE had expanded service into the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest through its partly owned cooperating subsidiaries, Western Fruit Express and Burlington Fruit Express.
- "The Kansas City Southern Lines". Kansas City Southern Historical Society. Archived from the original on 28 August 2005. Retrieved 2005-08-15.
- Fordyce, Jim (1999). "Samuel W. Fordyce biography". Retrieved 2005-08-15.