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By month


  • 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.[1]
Aerial view of the CP derailment, January 18.
  • 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.[2]


  • Construction begins to extend Korea's Gyeongbu Line from Daegu to Busan.


Amtrak derailment, July 29.
  • 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.[3]


  • 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.[4]