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- January 7 – A project to dismantle the electrification on the Shildon to Newport line in England begins.
- January 28 – Pennsylvania Railroad operates the first test train using electric locomotives exclusively between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
- February 10 – Pennsylvania Railroad begins regular revenue service using electric locomotives on what will become the Northeast Corridor between New York City and Washington, D.C.
- February 21 – Jean Pelletier, Chairman of VIA Rail 2001-2004, is born.
- General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) delivers two blunt-nosed diesel-electric locomotives, numbers 1 and 1A, which would ultimately power the Super Chief.
- September 9 – Santa Fe 1 and 1A make their first test run under load with eight heavyweight passenger cars and a dynamometer car.
- September 29 – The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway closes.
- November 8 – Track of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is removed from Lynton to Woody Bay railway station.