1986 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1986.
- January 1 – The Soo Line Railroad fully absorbs the Milwaukee Road after attempting to operate it as a subsidiary railroad.
- January 3 – Vancouver's SkyTrain begins operations between the waterfront and New Westminster.
- February 8 – 23 people are killed in the Hinton train collision when a Via Rail passenger train collides with a Canadian National Railway freight train near Hinton, Alberta.
- February 17 – Class 59 Co-Co diesel locomotives built by EMD for Foster Yeoman introduced into heavy freight service on British Rail, the first US-built (and privately owned) diesel locomotives to operate regularly on the English network.
- March 3 – Shin-Narashino Station, on what is now JR East's Keiyō Line in Narashino, Chiba, Japan, is opened.
- March 25 – Conrail makes its initial public offering of stock starting at US$28 per share.
- June 2 – Very Fast Train Joint Venture first meets in Australia.
- July 24 – The United States Interstate Commerce Commission denies the merger of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroad, citing an excessive amount of parallel track as one reason for the denial.
- July 26 – The Lockington rail crash at Lockington, Humberside, England occurs when a van is struck on a level crossing. Eight passengers on the train, and a boy of 11 in the van, lose their lives.
- September 5 – The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad begins operations in Minnesota and South Dakota.
- September 5 – Portland, Oregon's light rail system, MAX, opens for service.
- September 8 – The Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad becomes the last common carrier freight railroad in America to cease using steam locomotives as primary power when the dry-pipe in their CLC 2-8-0 No. 17 steamer collapses.
- September 19 – Two high speed trains collide near Rugeley, Staffordshire, England, in the Colwich rail crash; the driver of one of the two trains was the only fatality of this accident.
- October 31 – Closure of the "Corkickle Brake" serving a chemical works at Whitehaven, Cumbria, the last commercially operated standard gauge cable railway in the United Kingdom.
- November 11 – Preserved steam locomotive British Railways Standard class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester is officially recommissioned to service on the Great Central Railway following a 13-year restoration from part-dismantled condition.
- November 15 – Australia's well known steam locomotive 3801 is recommissioned at the Hunter Valley Training Company in New South Wales.
- November 21 – The Florida Central Railroad begins operations in Florida, United States.
- November 27 – Oslo Central Station in Oslo, Norway is taken into use.
- December 30 – The Trans-Gabon Railway is completed.
- July 14 – Raymond Loewy, industrial designer who worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad designing the shape of equipment such as the GG1 (born 1893).
- "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". April 3, 2005. Archived from the original on 5 September 2005. Retrieved August 6, 2005.
- Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005), This Month in Railroad History: July. Retrieved July 22, 2005.
- Marsden, Colin J. (1998). Foster Yeoman – The Rail Story. Bournemouth: Channel AV Publishing. ISBN 1-901419-03-7.
- 各駅情報（新習志野駅） [Station Information (Shin-Narashino Station)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "This month in railroad history: March". Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. March 24, 2006. Archived from the original on 17 April 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2006.
- "Sante Fe-SP Merger Denied by ICC Vote". Pacific RailNews, September 1986, p. 4.
- Koberstein, Paul (September 7, 1986). "Riders swamp light rail as buses go half-full and schedules go by the way". The Oregonian, p. A1.
- "The Corkickle Brake". Industrial Railway Record 111: 169–81. December 1987.
- King, Peter (1987). 71000 Duke of Gloucester – the impossible dream. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1753-0.