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  • Ferrovie dello Stato introduces ETR 500 trains in high-speed service.
  • The Clinton Administration in the United States proposes a High Speed Rail Development Act to study the issues involved and provide seed money.
  • Indian Railways introduces the Chennai Rajdhani Express service between Chennai and New Delhi.
  • The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Company is formed to operate a restored Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.
  • The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is founded.
  • The H-Bahn system at Dortmund University opens a 900 m extension.