1962 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1962.
- January 4 – New York City Subway introduces a driverless train.
- January 8 – The Harmelen train disaster, the worst railway accident in the history of the Netherlands, occurs when one passenger train driver misses a warning signal and passes a red signal to collide nearly head-on with another passenger train. 93 are killed.
- January 28 – The last lines of streetcars in Washington, D.C., end operations.
- March 15 – Canadian Pacific Railway receives authorization to discontinue passenger train service between Ottawa and Chalk River.
- May 3 – Mikawashima train crash in Japan kills 160.
- May 22 – SNCF in France completes electrification from Strasbourg through to Paris.
- May 23 – Drilling for the new Montreal Metro system commences.
- July 17 – Canadian National Railway debuts a new paint scheme on its transcontinental passenger train, the Super Continental.
- September 7 – The Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway, in England, is closed by the Western Region of British Railways.
- October 11 – Colorado and Southern Railway 2-8-0 number 641 pulls the last steam locomotive-operated regular daily service revenue train on a standard gauge railroad in the United States when it pulls a train from Leadville to Climax, Colorado.
- October 28 – The Lake Street Elevation of the Chicago Transit Authority rail system is placed in operation, relocating 2.6 miles of the former at-grade portion of the route onto the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company's elevated right-of-way, with new above-ground stations at Central, Austin, Ridgeland, Oak Park and Harlem/Lake. The improvement eliminated a total of 22 grade crossings in Chicago, Oak Park and Forest Park.
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- New York Central purchases the first electric multiple unit passenger cars from Pullman-Standard for use on the Metro-North railroad.
- Union Pacific 3985, the largest operable steam locomotive in the world, is removed from revenue service on the Union Pacific Railroad.
- First Indian Railways Class WDM-2, from ALCO, introduced. The class will eventually exceed 2,800 units.
- ALCO closes the ALCO Thermal Products Division (formerly Brooks Locomotive Works) plant in Dunkirk, New York.
- Harry A. deButts is succeeded by D. William Brosnan as president of the Southern Railway.
- The Northern Refrigerator Car Line is combined with Merchants Despatch.
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- February 2 – Ralph Budd, president of the Great Northern Railway 1919–1932 and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 1932–1949 (b. 1879).
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- "Norfolk Southern Railway". Retrieved February 22, 2005.[dead link]
- President and Fellows of Harvard College (2004). "20th century great American business leaders – Ralph Budd". Retrieved February 22, 2005.
- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005). "This Month in Railroad History – October". Retrieved October 11, 2005.
- "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". April 3, 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
- White, John H., Jr. (Spring 1986). "America's most noteworthy railroaders". Railroad History 154: 9–15. ISSN 0090-7847. OCLC 1785797.
- Washington D.C. Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. "Washington, D.C. Railroad History: Railroad History Timeline". Archived from the original on June 23, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (January 15, 2006). "This Month in Railroad History: January". Retrieved January 28, 2010.
- "Significant dates in Ottawa railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. February 23, 2007. Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- Dutta, Joydeep (2001). "The WDM-2 loco – a tribute". Indian Railways Fan Club. Retrieved December 21, 2009.