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- 1830 – Construction begins on the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company, which is now part of Norfolk Southern Railway.
- 1871 – The government of Victoria, Australia, reopens Essendon railway station, Melbourne, for service.
- 1882 – The first train from Cincinnati, Ohio, on the Cincinnati Northern Railway, departs for Dayton, Ohio.
- 1899 – Hull Electric purchases the Aylmer-Hull, Quebec line which it had been operating under a lease agreement from Canadian Pacific Railroad.
- 1911 – A snowstorm deposits more than nine feet of snow on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, halting rail traffic on the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad.
- 1916 – Pennsylvania Railroad suspends its Federal Express passenger train service due to freight congestion on the New Haven Railroad.
- 1962 – British Rail Class 42 locomotive D859 Vanquisher enters service.
- 1985 – The Kitakyushu monorail in Japan opens between the present Heiwadori and Kikugaoka stations.
- 1999 – A man climbs over a safety barrier at Sakudaira Station on the Nagano Shinkansen line in Japan and is hit by a non-stop service in a suicide attempt.
- 2003 – Following its purchase of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and its subsidiaries, operations begin on the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway in New England, Quebec and New Brunswick.
- 1843 – William Hedley, English engineer who designed and built Puffing Billy in cooperation with Timothy Hackworth (b. 1773).
- ARHS Railway Museum. Railway History in Victoria 1839 - 1900. Retrieved on 2007-01-04.
- Significant dates in Ottawa railway history. Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (2006-12-18). Retrieved on 2007-01-04.
- Railroad History Timeline - 1910's. RRHX: Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum. Retrieved on 2008-01-08.
- Significant dates in Canadian railway history. Colin Churcher's Railway Pages (2006-11-28). Retrieved on 2007-01-04.
- Today in Science History: January 9 - Deaths. Retrieved on 2007-01-04.