1931 in rail transport

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Years in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1931.


January events[edit]

May events[edit]

June events[edit]

  • June 10 – The German rail zeppelin (Schienenzeppelin), an experimental propeller driven railcar, sets up a new world railway speed record of 230 km/h on its way from Hamburg to Berlin which was not surpassed by any other train for 24 years.
  • June 13 – Switzerland's Brienz Rothorn Bahn mountain railway reopens after a 17-year stoppage due to World War I.

July events[edit]

September events[edit]

  • September 12 – Just outside Budapest, a bomb planted by a Hungarian Fascist destroys a section of the Biotobargy Viaduct, plunging the Orient Express into the ravine below. Twenty people are killed. Entertainer Josephine Baker, one of the surviving passengers, gives an impromptu concert to calm other survivors.

November events[edit]

Unknown date events[edit]


Unknown date births[edit]


January deaths[edit]

  • January 13 – Kálmán Kandó, Hungarian engineer who designed the world's first AC traction electric railway in Italy in 1902 (born 1869).


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