2001 in rail transport

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Years in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 2001.


January events[edit]

February events[edit]

March events[edit]

April events[edit]

May events[edit]

  • 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).

June events[edit]

July events[edit]

August events[edit]

  • 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".[3]

September events[edit]

October events[edit]

November events[edit]

December events[edit]

Unknown date events[edit]



January deaths[edit]

Industry awards[edit]


Awards presented by Japan Railfan Club

North America[edit]

2001 E. H. Harriman Awards
Group Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
A Norfolk Southern Railway    
S&T   Belt Railway of Chicago  
Awards presented by Railway Age magazine

United Kingdom[edit]

Train Operator of the Year
  • 2001:


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Don (July 17, 2001). "51 years later, they're back". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Baltic Rail Services Completes the Purchase of a Controlling Interest in Eesti Raudtee, Estonian State Railways" (PDF). Railroad Development Corporation. 
  4. ^ "MAX trains begin airport service". Portland Business Journal. September 10, 2001. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hock, Mathias (2001). "News from Nicaragua". ferrolatino.ch. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Left, Sarah (January 15, 2002). "Key dates in Britain's railway history". The Guardian Unlimited.