1945 in rail transport

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Years in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1945.


January events[edit]

February events[edit]

March events[edit]

April events[edit]

May events[edit]

July events[edit]

August events[edit]

  • August 9 – Near Michigan, ND, the second section of the Great Northern Railway's Empire Builder rear-ends the stalled first section at an estimated 45 mph, killing 34 people and injuring 110 others. The first section was forced to stop due to a hotbox on the locomotive's tender; the collision occurred before a flagman had time to protect the rear of the train.
  • August 14 – Kyōbashi Station becomes one of the last sites to be bombed in Japan during World War II when a one-ton bomb directly strikes the Katamachi Line platform as part of the bombing of Osaka, killing 700 to 800 evacuees.
  • August 24 – The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which had operated between Merced, California, and Yosemite National Park, runs its last trains.[9][10]

September events[edit]

October events[edit]

December events[edit]

  • December 1 – The Milwaukee Road emerges from its 1935 bankruptcy through reorganization.[12]
  • December 13 – The New York Central Railroad places what is up to now the largest single order for passenger equipment: 420 cars.

Unknown date events[edit]



June Deaths[edit]

October deaths[edit]


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