1940 in rail transport
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|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1940.
- 1 Events
- 2 Deaths
- 3 References
- January 9 – The Østfold Line in Norway takes electric traction into use between Ås and Dilling.
- January 14 – Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway discontinues the San Francisco-Los Angeles-Chicago Navajo.
- January 27 – The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad ceases operations in Massachusetts in preparation for abandonment.
- March 29 – Southern Pacific Railroad runs its last passenger train to Fremont-Centerville, California.
- May 1 – The Østfold Line in Norway takes electric traction into use between Dilling and Fredrikstad.
- May 20 – Sixty-six railroads in the United States, in cooperation with the Travelers' Credit Corporation, begin selling railroad tickets, Pullman accommodations and all-expense tours on an installment basis, known as the Travel Credit Plan. Purchases over $50 can be charged.
- June 21 – East Wind begins summer service over the Pennsylvania, New Haven, Boston & Maine and Maine Central railroads between Washington, D.C. and Maine.
- June 29 – Syracuse Transit Corporation closes the South Salina and Nedrow lines in Syracuse, New York.
- June 30 – Last day archbar freight trucks can legally operate in U.S. Interchange service (and then only on empty cars returning to their home roads).
- June – Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad takes delivery of the unique EMC AB6 locomotives.
- July 1 – Portions of the SNCF in Alsace-Lorraine are incorporated into the Deutsche Reichsbahn.
- July 15 – The Østfold Line in Norway takes electric traction into use between Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg.
- July 17 – The last section of the Baghdad Railway's mainline linking Istanbul and Baghdad is completed between El Yaroubieh and Baiji and the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits' Taurus Express begins to run throughout between Haydarpaşa Terminal, Istanbul, and Baghdad Central Station.
- July 29 – Rail traffic is suspended in France between French-retained and German-occupied territories.
- July 30 – The Pennsylvania Railroad orders its first 4-4-4-4 T1 duplex-drive steam locomotives. They are expected to be serious competition for diesel power.
- September 2 – Kansas City Southern Railway inaugurates the Southern Belle passenger train service between Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
- September 13 – The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad is formed by the merger of the Gulf, Mobile and Northern and Mobile and Ohio Railroads.
- October 1 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike opens, constructed using tunnels and grades originally built for the never-completed South Pennsylvania Railroad.
- November 4 – Norton Fitzwarren, England: a train driver on the Great Western Railway misreads the signals on a four track line, and drives his train off the end of the track.
- November 11
- November 22 – The Newark City Subway in New Jersey opens an extension from Heller Parkway to Grove Street.
- December 17 – The Florida East Coast Railway introduces the Dixie Flagler passenger train between Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida, replacing the Henry M. Flagler.
- September 23 – Hale Holden, president of Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 1914-1918 and 1920-1929, chairman of the board of directors for Southern Pacific Railroad 1932-1939, dies (b. 1869).
- October 24 – William Benson Storey, president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 1920-1933 (born 1857).
- November 9 - Charles Langbridge Morgan, chief engineer for London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, dies (b. 1855).
Unknown date deaths
- Leonor F. Loree, president of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 1901-1903, Delaware and Hudson Railway 1907-1938 and Kansas City Southern Railway 1918-1920 (born 1858).
- Wayner, Robert J., ed. (1972). Car Names, Numbers and Consists. New York: Wayner Publications. OCLC 8848690.
- "Railway Statistics 2008" (pdf). Norwegian National Rail Administration. 2009. p. 34. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- Johnson, Ron (1985). The Best of Maine Railroads. Portland Litho. p. 112.
- "CIOB - Chemin de Fer Impérial Ottoman de Baghdad". Trains of Turkey. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
- "Flåmsbana Museet". Archived from the original on 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Trains News Wire (April 27, 2005), 'Miss Southern Belle' dies. Retrieved May 4, 2005.
- "Newark Subway, PATH and Light Rail". UrbanRail.net. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Hale Holden". Railway Age Gazette. 57 (10): 428. September 4, 1914. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- Ingham, John N. (1983). Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders. 2. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 594–5. ISBN 0-313-23908-8. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- "W. B. Storey Dies". New York Times. October 30, 1940. Archived from the original on October 18, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2005.