1999 in rail transport
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|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1999.
- 1 Events
- 2 Accidents
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Awards
- 5 References
- January 15 – The Harbour Island People Mover ends service between Downtown Tampa and Harbour Island in Tampa, Florida, United States.
- January 25 – The New York City Transit Authority installs the first MetroCard Vending Machines at two subway stations in the city.
- March 15 – In the Bourbonnais train accident, the southbound Amtrak train 59, City of New Orleans, strikes a loaded semi-truck on a grade crossing in Bourbonnais, Illinois; all but three of the passenger cars derail, killing 11 of the train's passengers. The NTSB attributes the cause to the truck driver trying to beat the train at the crossing.
- April – Final trains operate between Asunción and Ypacarai, the last regular passenger service in Paraguay and, arguably, the world's last commuter service worked wholly by steam locomotives.
- April 12 – A train on the Wuppertal Schwebebahn is derailed, plunging into the Wupper and killing five.
- April 15 – First freight train operated under concession by Ferrovias Guatemala (subsidiary of Railroad Development Corporation) to rehabilitate the national rail network, disused since 1996.
- May 14 – The first section of the London Underground Jubilee Line Extension opens between Stratford and North Greenwich in east London.
- May 30 - The Midland Metro connecting Birmingham and Wolverhampton is opened.
- June 1 – The end of Conrail, which is officially split up on this date, all operations being transferred to CSX and Norfolk Southern.
- June 12 – The rebuilding of Fremont-Centerville (Amtrak station) is completed.
- June 28 – The Guangzhou Metro Line One is fully completed and operational.
- July 16 – Indian Railways' Grand Trunk Express on its way to Delhi collides with derailed freight cars near Mathura, India; 17 people die and 200 more are injured in the accident.
- August 1 – Gauhati rail disaster: two trains carrying 2,500 people collide at the remote station of Gaisal, 310 miles from the city of Gauhati in West Bengal, India, killing more than 285 people.
- August 22 – NSB Gardermobanen opens Romerike Tunnel (14.58-kilometre (9.06 mi)) in Norway, the longest railway tunnel in Europe north of the Alps, completing the Gardermoen Line.
- August 30 – The United States Surface Transportation Board approves Utah Railway's petition to haul freight on the former Union Pacific Railroad line between Salt Lake City and Draper, a line now owned by Utah Transit Authority.
- September 3 – RailAmerica takes over operations of former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway subsidiary Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway, for a purchase price of approximately $18 million.
- September 18 – Trillium Rail subsidiary Port Colborne Terminal Railway begins operations on 41 miles (66 km) of track in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula.
- September 27 – After departing from England on September 17 then traveling 4,500 kilometres (2,800 mi), the Kosovo Train for Life arrives in Pristina, Kosovo, with a trainload of humanitarian aid.
- October – SY class 2-8-2 #1772 is completed at Tangshan, People's Republic of China, thought to be the world's last steam locomotive built for commercial service. She is delivered to the Tiefa Mining Railway.
- October 5 – The Ladbroke Grove rail crash occurs at Ladbroke Grove Junction, a few miles west of London Paddington station, when two passenger trains collide nearly head-on killing 31 and injuring 400; the cause is attributed to the placement of a signal (showing a stop indication) that could not be seen far enough down the track for drivers to react in time.
- October 18 – After 15 months, three months ahead of schedule, the $74 million project to rebuild the Franklin Avenue Shuttle in New York City is completed; the shuttle as well as four stations reopen for service.
- October 22 – Romeriksporten, Norway's longest railway tunnel, is taken into use.
- December 2 – Glenbrook rail accident occurs near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
- December 6 – Manchester Metrolink in England is extended to Broadway.
- December 15 - The second rapid transit line of the Philippines which is the Manila MRT Line 3, began partial operations from North Avenue Station to Buendia Station.
- December 22 – The London Underground Jubilee Line Extension is finally fully operational with the start of services at Westminster tube station, although through running has been in operation since November.
Unknown date events
- David L. Gunn is succeeded by Rick Ducharme as commissioner of the Toronto Transit Commission.
- Amtrak begins a massive rebuild program to overhaul the railroad's fleet of EMD AEM-7 locomotives at the Wilmington, Delaware, shops.
- Melbourne's suburban rail network and tram network is privatised with operators Hillside Trains (now Connex Melbourne), Bayside Trains (later M>Train), as well as tram operators Swanston Trams (later M>Tram) and Yarra Trams.
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- Awards presented by Railway Age magazine
- 1999 Railroader of the Year: Edward Burkhardt (WC)
- 1999 Regional Railroad of the Year: Providence and Worcester Railroad
- 1999 Short Line Railroad of the Year: South Central Florida Express
- Sloan, Jim (January 3, 1999). "It's the end of the line". The Tampa Tribune. p. Metro 1.
- New York City Transit. "New York City Transit – History and Chronology". Retrieved January 25, 2006.
- "Historia". FEPASA. Archived from the original on December 22, 2009. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
- The Wuppertal Suspension Railway. Lübeck: Schöning. p. 71. ISBN 978-3-89917-448-9.
- Posner III, Henry (1998). "Guatemala – Last stand for rail in Central America" (PDF). Rail Business Report. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
- Indian Railways Fan Club. "IR History: Part VI (1995–present)". Archived from the original on August 6, 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
- Norwegian National Rail Administration (2007). "Jernbanestatistikk 2006" (PDF). Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- Strack, Don (2005). "Utah Railway History, After 1960". Retrieved August 30, 2005.
- RailAmerica (2002). "RailAmerica History". Archived from the original on August 30, 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2005.
- Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (August 16, 2005). "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". Archived from the original on September 5, 2005. Retrieved September 18, 2005.
- Flowers, Andy (4 January 2001). "Class 20s to Kosovo!". Archived from the original on 19 February 2001.
- "Kosovo aid train 'held to ransom'". BBC News Online. 26 September 1999. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
- "Kosovo aid train gets through". BBC News Online. 27 September 1999. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
- Left, Sarah (January 15, 2002). "Key dates in Britain's railway history". The Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved July 7, 2007.
- Midland Mainline. "Company Information". Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved November 6, 2006.