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- January 7 - Amtrak train number 351 between Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Porter, Indiana, and eventually on to Chicago, becomes the first Amtrak train to regularly travel at 90 mph in regular service.
- January 18 - An eastbound Canadian Pacific Railway train encounters a broken rail in Minot, North Dakota, and derails. Five tank cars carrying anhydrous ammonia are ruptured and spill 146,700 gallons of the chemical; the vapor plume kills one resident, injures about 350 other people and affects about 11,600 as emergency crews advise residents to shelter-in-place.
- Construction begins to extend Korea's Gyeongbu Line from Daegu to Busan.
- July 29 - Amtrak's eastbound Capitol Limited encounters a track misalignment in Kensington, Maryland, just northwest of Washington, D.C., and derails 11 of its 13 cars; 95 people are injured in the accident, 16 of them seriously.
- October 21 - The engineer of a westbound Union Pacific Railroad train leaving Proviso Yard in Chicago falls asleep at the controls, causing his train to collide with a BNSF Railway freight train negotiating a crossover at Norma Interlocking in Des Plaines, Illinois; the crew of the UP train receive minor injuries in the accident.
- Railroad History Timeline - 2000's. RRHX: Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum. Retrieved on 2008-01-06.
- Railroad Accident Report: Derailment of Canadian Pacific Railway Freight Train 292-16 and Subsequent Release of Anhydrous Ammonia Near Minot, North Dakota, January 18, 2002. United States National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-18.
- Railroad Accident Brief: Derailment of Amtrak Train No. 30, The Capitol Limited, on CSX Transportation’s Metropolitan Subdivision in Kensington, Maryland, July 29, 2002.. United States National Transportation Safety Board (2004-05-28). Retrieved on 2008-01-18.
- Railroad Accident Brief: Collision and Derailment of Union Pacific Freight Trains MPRSS-21 and AJAPRB-21 at Des Plaines, Illinois, October 21, 2002. United States National Transportation Safety Board (2004-05-27). Retrieved on 2008-01-18.