1826 in rail transport
|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1826.
- April 1 - Construction begins in Massachusetts on the Granite Railway, one of the first railroads in North America, under the direction of Gridley Bryant.
- April 17 - The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad is chartered to build a railroad between Albany and Schenectady, the first in New York State.
- May 5 - Liverpool and Manchester Railway, designed by George Stephenson and Joseph Locke, and which in 1830 is to become the world's first purpose built passenger railway operated by steam locomotives to be opened, is authorised by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
- May 26 - Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway in Scotland is authorised by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
- October 1 - Opening of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway in Scotland.
- October 7 - The first train operates over the Granite Railway in Massachusetts.
- March 4 - Theodore Judah, American engineer who argued the case for construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad (d. 1863).
- April 3 - Cyrus K. Holliday, cofounder of Topeka, Kansas, and first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (d. 1900).
- November 10 - Oden Bowie, the 34th Governor of the State of Maryland in the United States from 1869 to 1872, founder and first President of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad and also president of the Baltimore City Passenger Railway.
- December 1 - William Mahone, American civil engineer and Confederate Army Major General who built the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, a predecessor of the Norfolk and Western (d. 1895).
Unknown date births
- John P. Laird, Scottish engineer who designed and patented the two-wheel equalized leading truck for steam locomotives (d. 1882).
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- Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press.
- Hall, Clayton Colman (1912). Baltimore: Its History and Its People, vol.3. Lewis Historical Publishing Co. pp. 304–306.
- Hollander, Jacob Harry (1982). The Financial History of Baltimore. AMS Press. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-404-61368-6.
- Wilson, William Bender (1895). History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company: With Plan of Organization. Henry T. Coates & Company. pp. 333–334.
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