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Derailed VRE train on January 5.
  • January 5 - A northbound Virginia Railway Express train on CSX tracks derails near Quantico, Virginia, as a result of a worn and chipped switch point rail.[1]
  • January 6 - China's railway minister Liu Zhijun announces a 160 billion yuan plan to begin more than 80 new railway projects, many of which are focused on high-speed rail services.


  • February 20 - Chicago Transit Authority begins work on a capacity expansion project for the Chicago 'L''s Brown Line.
  • The Tasmanian Government grants Derwent Valley Railway $60,000 to help them with their financial difficulties after the line was closed in 2005.


  • Pacific National comes to a new agreement with the Tasmanian Government which included returning all tracks and rail lands to Government ownership, allowing restoration of service on the Derwent Valley Railway.


Misaligned track on CN in Louisiana
  • June 26 - Amtrak's northbound City of New Orleans passenger train encounters a section of misaligned track near Arcola, Louisiana; the engineer was able to slow the train enough that it did not derail as it traversed the misalignment.[2]


  • July 1 - Operations begin on the Qingzang railway between Golmud, China and Lhasa, Tibet.
  • July 11 - A northbound Chicago 'L' Blue Line train derails in the subway between the Clark/Lake and Grand/Milwaukee stations in downtown Chicago; 152 of the trains almost 1,000 passengers are treated for minor injuries.[3]


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