October 13, 1881 A railway station that been constructed in the city of Larvik in southeastern Norway was formally opened. At the time, the present-day Kingdom of Norway was part of the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway. Larvik Station was built as part of the Vestfold Line in that region of Norway. Construction on... Continue Reading →

October 7, 1826 The first train of the Massachusetts-based Granite Railway went into service. The Granite Railway was among the first railroads in the United States.  This enterprise was established to carry granite from the city of Quincy to a dock on the Neponset River in the town of Milton, where that stone was transported by... Continue Reading →

July 28, 1790 James Goold, a renowned carriage-maker who manufactured everything from sleighs to stagecoaches, was born in Granby, Connecticut. He launched his own business in Albany, New York, in 1813. That firm, which became popularly known as the Albany Coach Manufactory, achieved an important milestone in 1831 when it was hired to build six coaches for... Continue Reading →

June 25, 1916 A major railway station was opened in Bangkok, the capital of the Southeast Asian country known at the time as Siam. (The name of this country was officially changed to Thailand in 1939.) Bangkok Railway Station, which is located in the Pathum Wan District in the center of the city, has also... Continue Reading →

June 22, 1870 A railway station in Cheshire County in northwest England first went into service. This facility is 9.5 miles (15 kilometers) east of the city of Chester, and it is specifically situated in the village of Delamere. That village, which owes its name to the French phrase “de la mere” (“of the sea”),... Continue Reading →

June 10, 1996 A public transportation service designated by New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) as Midtown Direct was officially launched in the town of Kearny in northeastern New Jersey. The Kearny Connection, as this linkage is also called, makes it possible for suburban passenger trains starting out on the Morris & Essex Lines of... Continue Reading →

April 20, 1954 A pivotal milestone took place in the development of the Rimutaka Tunnel, which runs through the mountain chain now called the Remutaka Range (known as the Rimutaka Range until 2017) in the southernmost region of New Zealand’s North Island. (This railway tunnel is specifically located between Maymorn, a rural section of the... Continue Reading →

March 2, 1863 A new railway bridge crossing the River Thames in London was officially opened. This 754.6-foot (230-meter)-long bridge connects the areas of Battersea and Fulham in England’s capital city. Now commonly known as the Battersea Railway Bridge, this structure had early on been named the Cremorne Bridge after public gardens that were once... Continue Reading →

January 21, 1963 Early on a subzero Monday morning, the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad – popularly known as the North Shore Line (NSL) – made its final run after nearly 47 years of service between northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. United Press International (UPI) reported, “The last train of the North Shore railroad –... Continue Reading →

January 8, 1954 The Southern Pacific Railroad’s Sunset Limited became the first train to use the newly opened New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (NOUPT). This train, which had begun its journey on the west coast, arrived at NOUPT at 4:35 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., the Illinois Central Railroad’s Panama Limited became the first train to... Continue Reading →

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