1983 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1983.
- January 1
- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Connecticut Department of Transportation form Metro-North Railroad.
- China Railway opens Zhicheng–Liuzhou railway, 885 km (550 mi) in length with 396 tunnels totalling 172 km (107 mi) and 476 bridges totalling 52 km (32 mi).
- Amtrak takes over the operation of the Baltimore-Washington service (retitled AMDOT) under contract to Maryland Department of Transportation.
- January 2 - The first section of the Caracas Metro is opened, first rapid transit system in Venezuela.
- February 27 - The first phase of the O'Hare rapid transit extension of the Chicago 'L' system is placed into operation from Jefferson Park to Rosemont via the Kennedy Expressway median. This phase opens the Harlem-Higgins, Cumberland, and River Road stations.
- April 25
- June 20 - The Chicago and North Western Railway wins a bidding war against the Soo Line for control of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad "Spine Line"; the Interstate Commerce Commission awarded the line to CNW's $93 million bid.
- July 3 - Chicago and North Western Railway holds official groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the line into Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
- July 16
- September 23 - In preparation for a sale of the Alaska Railroad's assets to the state of Alaska, the United States Railway Association sets the railroad's fair market value at $22.3 million.
- October 17 - SEMTA discontinues its commuter rail service between Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan.
- October 29 - The last GG1 in revenue service pulls its last train, New Jersey Transit train number 3323.
- October 30
- December 18 - Canadian National Railway abandons track between Renfrew Junction and Whitney, Ontario on the company's Renfrew Subdivision.
Unknown date events
- Benjamin Biaggini steps down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern Pacific Company, the parent company of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
- Boston and Maine Corporation is purchased by Guilford Transportation Industries.
- December 9 - The Wrawby Junction rail crash near Barnetby station in North Lincolnshire, England, killed one passenger.
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- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005), This Month in Railroad History: October. Retrieved October 28, 2005.
- Goldman, Ari L. (July 25, 1983). "Metro-North Acts on Improvements". The New York Times.
- Balkwill, Richard; Marshall, John (1993). The Guinness Book of Railway Facts and Feats (6th ed.). Enfield: Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-707-X.
- Boardman, Joseph H. (11 September 2012). "TESTIMONY OF JOSEPH H. BOARDMAN , PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AMTRAK BEFORE THE COMMITTEE TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE OVERSIGHT HEARING ON "A REVIEW OF AMTRAK OPERATIONS PART 2: THE HIGH COST OF AMTRAK'S MONOPOLY MENTALITY IN COMMUTER RAIL COMPETITIONS"" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "Metro de Caracas". UrbanRail. 2007. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
- Feurer, Keith (Summer 2004). "Look who came out on top". North Western Lines (Chicago and North Western Railway Historical Society). 32 (1): 16–39.
- Alaska Railroad (2005). "The Alaska Railroad - History". Archived from the original on October 13, 2005. Retrieved September 23, 2005.
- Parrish, Kathy (November 22, 1984). "SEMTA's rail cars haul New Yorkers now" (PDF). Canton Observer.
- National Railroad Passenger Corporation (dba Amtrak) (30 October 1983). "National Train Timetables". Museum of Railway Timetables. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (December 12, 2005), Significant dates in Ottawa railway history Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved December 18, 2005.