1994 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1994.
- January 1 - Rail Management Corporation takes over operations of the Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railroad.
- January 1 - Railroad Services, Inc. takes over operations of the now 5 year old Abbeville-Grimes Railway, renaming it to A&G Railroad.
- January 1 - Deutsche Reichsbahn and Deutsche Bundesbahn are merged to form Deutsche Bahn AG.
- January 9 - The Chicago Transit Authority closes its Green Line rail service on the West and South Sides of Chicago for a massive $400 million, 2½ year rehabilitation and modernization program.
- May 6 - The Channel Tunnel linking England and France officially opens.
- June 25 - Vandals place concrete blocks on a railway line at Greenock, Scotland, causing the Greenock rail crash. The train driver is killed along with one passenger.
- July 3 - Gare de Satolas (designed by Santiago Calatrava) opens at Lyon on LGV Rhône-Alpes.
- July 15 - JR Kansai Airport Line and Nankai Airport Line open, for the access route of Kansai International Airport, before their formal opening on September 4.
- August 3 - Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited passenger train derails near Batavia, New York, while traveling at 75 mph (120.7 km/h), injuring 125 of the train's passengers and crew members.
- August 8 - Astram Line open between Hondori and Koiki-koen-mae in new transit system of Hiroshima, Japan.
- August 22 - Indian Railways orders the first WDC-2 locomotives.
- August 26 - The Dominion Atlantic Railway operates its last train, just a month short of its centenary.
- September 22 - New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority begins construction on the 63rd Street Connector which connects the 63rd Street Tunnel to the Queens Boulevard Line.
- October 7 – The Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado opens the first line of its light rail system.
- October 13 – Inauguration of Eurostar service between Brussels and London by H.M. King Albert II and H.M. Queen Paola of Belgium.
- November 14 - First commercial Eurostar services Brussels<>London and Paris<>London.
- November 30 - Alaska Railroad, which lacks a direct rail connection with the rest of the North American rail network, brings a 700 foot (213 m) long railgrinder to Alaska by ship at a cost of $1.2 million to service the company's tracks.
- December 3 - In Japan, Chizu Express, Chizu and Kamigori route open, with Kyoto to Tottori of direct Super Hakuto Express train to start.
- December 13 - The Interstate Commerce Commission grants Union Pacific Railroad authority to exercise management control over the Chicago and North Western Railway.
- December 16 - Last run of Via Rail Atlantic Limited passenger service through Maine between Montreal and the Maritimes.
- December 31 - Burlington Northern Railroad operates the last freight train on the former Oregon Electric Railway mainline in Portland, Oregon; the mainline is to become part of the new TriMet light rail system.
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- Amtrak's new EMD F59PHI diesel locomotives enter service.
- Southern Pacific Railroad single-tracks the Donner Pass mainline.
- Norfolk Southern ends railroad-sponsored steam excursions.
- Towards the end of the year, regular use of steam locomotives on the Janakpur Railway, Nepal, is abandoned following the transfer of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge diesel locomotives from Indian Railways.
- The Southern Fuegian Railway (500 mm (19 3⁄4 in) gauge) reopens as a tourist operation in Argentina.
- Alaska Railroad, Alaska Railroad History. Retrieved July 20, 2006.
- Blaszak, Michael W. (June 1995), "Chicago & North Western: A survivor no more", Trains magazine, p. 17-20.
- (May 1995), "Freight out, light rail in", Trains magazine, p. 24.
- (March 29, 2005), History of railway companies in Nova Scotia. Retrieved August 26, 2005.
- Indian Railways Fan Club, IR History: Part - V (1970–1995). Retrieved August 22, 2005.
- New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit – History and Chronology. Retrieved September 22, 2005.
- (May 1995), "Scanner - Rail at fault?", Trains magazine, p. 21.
- Left, Sarah (2002-01-15). "Key dates in Britain's railway history". The Guardian Unlimited.
- Pacific RailNews (ISSN 8750-8486), November 1994, p. 14. Pentrex.
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