From TrainSpottingWorld, for Rail fans everywhere
- January 2 - Massive flooding in the Feather River Canyon forces Union Pacific Railroad to close the former Western Pacific mainline through the canyon.
- January 6 - Full freight and passenger service is restored through the Channel Tunnel, just short of two months after a devastating fire.
- Tomy introduces a series of wind-up Thomas the Tank Engine series of toys.
- Hong Kong MTR's Tsuen Wan Line northbound track is altered at Lai King to provide cross-platform interchange with the Tung Chung Line and the new platforms are opened.