From TrainSpottingWorld, for Rail fans everywhere
- January 27 – The State of Massachusetts purchases the Attleboro/Stoughton Line in Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
- January 28 – Amtrak introduces the Inter-American passenger train connecting Chicago to Laredo, Texas, via St. Louis, Missouri, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Dallas, Texas.
- March 2 – The Copper Range Railroad in Michigan abandons all rail operations.
- March 13 – Michigan governor William Milliken issues an executive order placing state railroad regulation under a newly reorganized Michigan Department of Transportation.