1885 in rail transport
|Years in rail transport|
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1885.
- February 8 - The Midland Railway opens its extension to Birmingham New Street station.
- February 12 - The Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railway is incorporated in Missouri.
- February 17 - The Southern Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad are combined under a single holding company, the Southern Pacific Company.
- April 1 - The Southern Pacific Railroad takes over operations of the Central Pacific Railroad.
- April 6 - The Meriden and Cromwell Railroad, a Connecticut predecessor of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, opens.
- July 19 - The Zanesville and Ohio River Railway enters receivership.
- July 20 -
- August - International Railway Congress Association established in Brussels to provide an international forum for technical discussion.
- November - First train crosses Garabit viaduct in the Massif Central of France.
- November 6 – Phase 3 of the Novara–Varallo railway in Italy opens connecting Grignasco to Borgosesia.
- November 7 - The last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway is driven at Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada.
- November 9 - The last spike is driven on the California Southern Railroad between Barstow and San Bernardino through Cajon Pass, completing the connection to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.
- November 12 - The first train to travel the entire route of California Southern Railroad's track through Cajon Pass carries rails from Barstow to Riverside.
- November 17 - The first through train from Chicago via Santa Fe lines arrives in San Diego.
- November 29 - The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway leases trackage rights over the Southern Pacific Railroad from San Bernardino to Los Angeles at $1,200 per mile per year.
Unknown date events
- Cornelius Vanderbilt II is promoted to president of the New York Central system.
- The New Zealand Government Railways become the first major railway to place a 2-6-2 steam locomotive into service, having ordered ten V class from Nasmyth, Wilson and Company of Manchester, England.
Unknown date births
- Richard M. Dilworth, General Motors Electro-Motive Division chief engineer credited with developing the diesel-electric locomotive concept in the 1930s (d. 1968).
- December 6 - Robert Gerwig, German civil engineer, designer of the Schwarzwaldbahn and the Höllentalbahn in the Black Forest (b. 1820).
- December 8 - William Henry Vanderbilt, son of Cornelius Vanderbilt and president of the New York Central system (b. 1821).
Unknown date deaths
- John B. Jervis, Chief mechanical engineer of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad who pioneered the use of the leading truck on steam locomotives (b. 1795).
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- Parkes, G. D. (1946). The Hull & Barnsley Railway. Chislehurst: Oakwood Press.
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- "The International Railway Congress". Railway Gazette. 13. 1910.
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- Waters, Leslie L. (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press. p. 74.
- Duke, Donald; Kistler, Stan (1963). Santa Fe ...Steel Rails Through California. San Marino, California: Golden West Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-87095-009-4.
- Signor, John R. (1988). The Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company; Union Pacific's Historic Salt Lake Route. San Marino, California: Golden West Books. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-87095-101-5.
- Balkwill, Richard; Marshall, John (1993). The Guinness Book of Railway Facts and Feats (6th ed.). Enfield: Guinness Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85112-707-1.
- "You ought to know: Electro-Motive's Dilworth is dead; diesel pioneer". Railway Age. 165 (16): 40. 21 October 1968.
- "Robert Francis Fairlie". Archived from the original on 18 March 2005. Retrieved 2005-02-09.