From TrainSpottingWorld, for Rail fans everywhere
- January 6 – Santa Fe's Super Chief passenger train derails due to unknown causes in Holcomb, Kansas.
- January 7 – Canadian National Railway discontinues Turbotrain service between Montreal and Toronto.
- January 16 – Penn Central introduces Metroliner passenger service between New York City and Washington, DC.
- The last section of the original Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line opens.
- Fleischmann releases its first N scale model trains.