From TrainSpottingWorld, for Rail fans everywhere
- 1825 – George William Featherstonhaugh (pronounced fen-shaw), of Duanesburgh, New York, runs a newspaper notice announcing the formation of the Mohawk and Hudson Rail Road Company.
- 1872 – The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, building westward from Newton, Kansas, reaches the border between Kansas and Colorado.
- 1879 – Southern Pacific Railroad puts the Solano train ferry into operation in the San Francisco Bay, California.
- 1882 – The Ithaca and Alma Railroad completes construction of its line connecting its namesake cities in Michigan.
- 1906 – After his death, Alexander J. Cassatt is succeeded as president of the Pennsylvania Railroad by James McRea.
- 1917 – The United States federal government takes control of American railroads under the United States Railroad Administration for World War I, as authorized by the President two days earlier.
- 1995 – Union Pacific Railroad operates its 50,000th coal train out of Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
- Santa Fe Railroad (1945). Along Your Way. Chicago, Illinois: Rand McNally.
- Robertson, Donald B., and Cornell, Wayne, ed. (2007). Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History. Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum. Retrieved on 2007-12-27.
- RRHX - Railroad History Timeline - 1880's. Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum. Retrieved on 2007-12-27.
- Union Pacific Railroad. UP: Chronological History. Retrieved on 2007-12-27.