2001 in rail transport
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This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 2001.
- 1 Events
- 2 Accidents
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Industry awards
- 5 References
- February 12 – Construction begins on KCR Ma On Shan Rail in Hong Kong.
- March 21 – A General Motors Electro-Motive Division JT42CWR (Series 66) becomes the first American-built diesel locomotive to cross the Germany-Switzerland border as it leads a container train from Cologne to Mutenz.
- March 28 – Saitama Rapid Railway Line, Akabane-Iwabuchi to Urawa-Misono route officially completed, with Urawa-Misono via Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line to Tokyu Meguro Line Musashi-Kosugi route direct commuter train service to start in Japan.
- May 16 – The 43.5 kilometres (27.0 mi) stretch of railway between Murska Sobota, Slovenia, and Zalalövő, Hungary, is opened, in part following the route originally opened in 1907 and dismantled in 1968.
- May 26 – SNCF sets a new speed record in France when TGV train number 531 travels the 1,067.2 km (663.1 mi) between Calais and Marseilles in 3 hours and 29 minutes at an average speed of 317.46 km/h (197.26 mph).
- July 1 – Elipsos (Elipsos Internacional S.A.) – a joint-venture company established by the Spanish and French rail companies SNCF and RENFE to run night-time passenger connections from Spain to France, Switzerland, and Italy – begins operations.
- July 7 – Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line, Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae Station, via Wadamisaki Station to Shin-Nagata Station route, officially completed in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
- July 12 – The Maitry Express passenger train begins regular revenue service between India and Bangladesh.
- July 20 – The Portland Streetcar, a new modern tram system, is opened.
- August 16 – After a complete restoration, Canadian Pacific 2816, a 4-6-4 steam locomotive, operates under its own power for the first time in nearly 40 years.
- August 31 – 66% interest in Eesti Raudtee, the state railway of Estonia, is sold to a private holding company with international investors "Baltic Rail Services".
- September 5 – The extension of Minsk Metro's Avtozavodskaya Line connecting Avtozavodskaya to Mogilevskaya opens.
- September 10 – The Red Line of Portland, Oregon's MAX light rail system, serving the airport, opens.
- September – Remaining rail traffic in Nicaragua suspended.
- October – Cuban National Railways purchases its first six-axle GE diesel locomotives (mostly GE C30-7 models) secondhand from Mexican railroads.
- October 3 – Canadian Pacific Corporation divests itself of its five major subsidiaries, spinning off Canadian Pacific Railway as an independent company.
- October 7 – Railtrack, in England, is placed under legal administration by Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Transport, effectively renationalizing the system.
- October 9 – Canadian National Railway (CN) purchases Wisconsin Central for US$1.2 billion, giving CN a direct rail link to Chicago, Illinois.
- November 19 – The Surface Transportation Board releases the final Environmental Impact Statement on Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's plan to expand into Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
- December 11 – Seven members of the CCFE (Communauté des chemins de fer européens) leave to form EIM (European Infrastructure Managers).
- December 15 – The Downeaster, a passenger train operated by Amtrak, begins regularly scheduled passenger service between Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine.
- December 17 – MARC extends passenger service to Frederick, Maryland.
Unknown date events
- The boiler tubes in Union Pacific 844, one of two steam locomotives operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in excursion service, fail; the locomotive is removed from active service until repairs can be made.
- January 27 – The Gerogery level crossing accident occurred in Gerogery, New South Wales, Australia and killed five people in a car.
- February 28 – Selby rail crash – A rail accident in Selby, North Yorkshire, England, leaves 10 dead and 82 injured.
- March 27 – The Pécrot rail crash was a rail accident in the village of Pécrot, Belgium, that killed 8 people.
- July 18 – Howard Street Tunnel fire in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States
- July 21 – Four passenger cars on the Mangalore Mail commuter train heading for Chennai derail while crossing the Kadalundi River near Calicut, India, killing 57 people. See: Kadalundi River rail disaster.
- August 10 – The 2001 Angola train attack killed 252 when UNITA rebels derailed a train in Dondo, Angola.
- August 19 – The Udarata Menike express passenger service from Kurunegala to Alawwa, Sri Lanka, derails on newly installed track, killing 15 passengers in what has come to be known as the Kurunegala train crash.
- October 31 – A broken rail on the SNCF in France derails a TGV train travelling at 130 km/h (80.8 mph), but only six minor injuries result.
- November 15 – Two Canadian National Railway trains collide head-on in Andersonville, Michigan (northwest of Detroit).
- December 23 – An incorrect brake application on a CSX local train that had stopped to perform switching at Kodak Park (Charlotte, New York) causes the train to run away and derail five miles (8 km) later, destroying homes and businesses in the area.
- January 30 – O. Winston Link, American photographer who documented the end of steam locomotive use on the Norfolk and Western Railway in the 1950s (b. 1914).
- Awards presented by Japan Railfan Club
- 2001 Blue Ribbon Award: JR Kyushu 885 series Shiroi Kamome EMU
- 2001 Laurel Prize:
|Group||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|A||Norfolk Southern Railway|
|S&T||Belt Railway of Chicago|
- Awards presented by Railway Age magazine
- 2001 Railroader of the Year: Mike Haverty (ATSF, KCS)
- 2001 Regional Railroad of the Year: Wisconsin and Southern Railroad
- 2001 Short Line Railroad of the Year: South Buffalo Railway
- Some of the events listed here were translated from 2001 dans les chemins de fer, the equivalent French-language Wikipedia article.
- Canadian Pacific Railway (2005), Canadian Pacific Railway – A Brief History. Retrieved September 30, 2005.
- (May 2002), CSX recognizes human error, Trains Magazine, p. 22.
- (May 2002), Familiar faces in unfamiliar places, Trains Magazine, p. 26.
- (February 2002), Fatigue, or human error? Trains Magazine, p. 24.
- General Motors Electro-Motive Division (March 21, 2001), First GM CLASS 66 Locomotive Crosses German-Swiss Border. Retrieved April 13, 2005.
- Indian Railways Fan Club (2005), IR History: Part VI (1995–present). Retrieved July 10, 2005.
- (April 3, 2005), Significant dates in Canadian railway history. Retrieved August 15, 2005.
- (February 2002), MARC adds line; tower fixed up, Trains Magazine, p. 24.
- O. Winston Link Museum, O. Winston Link Biography. Retrieved February 4, 2005.
- Taplin, M. R. (October 2001). "Return of the (modern) streetcar: Portland leads the way". Tramways & Urban Transit. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing Ltd. ISSN 1460-8324. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- Hamilton, Don (July 17, 2001). "51 years later, they're back". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
- "Baltic Rail Services Completes the Purchase of a Controlling Interest in Eesti Raudtee, Estonian State Railways" (PDF). Railroad Development Corporation.
- "MAX trains begin airport service". Portland Business Journal. September 10, 2001. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
- Hock, Mathias (2001). "News from Nicaragua". ferrolatino.ch. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
- Left, Sarah (January 15, 2002). "Key dates in Britain's railway history". The Guardian Unlimited.