1977 in rail transport

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Years in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1977.


January events[edit]

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May events[edit]

  • May – Auto-Train Corporation launches a second Auto Train, this time between Louisville, Kentucky and Sanford, Florida.
  • May 9 – The last Paris-Istanbul train with the name Orient Express makes its final run. The name persists as a train running from Paris to Vienna.
  • May 21 – The Glasgow Subway shuts down for a complete system overhaul.[4]
  • May 23 – A train hijack takes place at the village of De Punt, in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands. Activists aimed to endorse the Republik Maluku Selatan (RMS), a self-proclaimed republic in the Maluku Islands. At the same time a hostage situation occurred at a school in Bovensmilde. The Dutch Marines stormed the train at June 11, 1977, after six Starfighters flew over the train, creating a noise and distraction for the hostage takers. Six hostage takers and two passengers lost their lives in the operation. The activists at the school surrendered after they learned of the fate of their fellow activists in the train.

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October events[edit]

  • October 26 – Locomotive number 043 903 pulls the last regularly scheduled mainline train on German tracks to be hauled by a steam locomotive.[6]
  • October 29 – First run of the Maple Leaf.

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  1. ^ Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Inc. (March 18, 2000), A Chronology of Bedford's Railroad History. Retrieved January 10, 2006.
  2. ^ (Chicago-L.org)
  3. ^ a b "South Shore Railroad history". Chicago Post-Tribune. June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Wright, John; Maclean, Ian (1997). Circles Under the Clyde – a history of the Glasgow Underground. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-190-2. 
  5. ^ Bergman, Edwin B. (1980). 29 years to oblivion: the last years of Railway Mail Service in the United States. Omaha, Nebraska: Mobile Post Office Society. 
  6. ^ Translated from "Portal:Bahn/Jahrestage/26.10." (in German). Retrieved October 26, 2006. 
  7. ^ Chilonzur Line#Timeline Retrieved on January 11,2017
  8. ^ Green, Oliver (1988). The London Underground - An Illustrated History. Ian Allan. p. 63. ISBN 0-7110-1720-4. 
  9. ^ L. Stanley Crane, elected in 1978 as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering
  10. ^ L. Stanley Crane (born in Cincinnati, 1915) raised in Washington, lived in McLean before moving to Philadelphia in 1981. He began his career with Southern Railway after graduating from The George Washington University with a chemical engineering degree in 1938. He worked for the railroad, except for a stint from 1959 to 1961 with the Pennsylvania Railroad, until reaching the company's mandatory retirement age in 1980. Crane went tConrail in 1981 after a distinguished career that had seen him rise to the position of CEO at the Southern Railway. He died of pneumonia on July 15, 2003 at a hospice in Boynton Beach, Fla.