- April 9
- 1806 – Isambard Kingdom Brunel (pictured), founder of Great Western Railway, is born (d. 1859).
- 1872 – Erastus Corning, who established railroads in New York and was instrumental in the formation of New York Central, dies (b. 1794).
- 1934 – The Budd Company completes construction of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr.
- 1993 – Robert B. Claytor, president of Norfolk and Western Railway, dies (b. 1922).