- September 15
- 1830 – The Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world's first purpose built passenger railway operated by steam locomotives, opens in England from Liverpool Road, Manchester, to Edge Hill.
- 1831 – The John Bull, the oldest surviving operable steam locomotive in the world, is operated for the first time on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
- 1859 – Isambard Kingdom Brunel, founder of Great Western Railway, dies (b. 1806).
- 1981 – The John Bull (pictured) becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when it is run under its own power by the Smithsonian Institution.