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  • January 5 - Trial runs of the new Taiwan High Speed Rail service between Banciao (Taipei) and Zuoying (Kaohsiung), open to the public and with half-price fares, begin to operate 19 times daily in each direction starting.[1].
WMATA Green Line derailment, January 7.
  • January 7 - A Washington Metro Green Line train derails (pictured) as it traverses a switch at about 18 mph; 23 of the approximately 80 passengers on the derailed car are treated for injuries at local hospitals.[2]
  • January 7 - The Swedish national rail company SJ AB reinstates daily traffic on the Kongsvingerbanen route connecting Lillestrøm and Kongsvinger in Norway and onwards to Charlottenberg in Sweden.
  • January 8 - The Atlantic Coast Line, Cornwall, is reopened after recovery efforts to clear a landslide that occurred the previous December.
  • January 18 - Class 17x number 170304 joined the Trans Pennine Express



  • April 3 - The TGV took the Land speed record for railed vehicles for the fastest wheeled train, having reached 574.8 km/h (357 mph),[3][4]


  • Shepherds Bush railway station on the West London Line is scheduled to open.
  • Announcement of rollout of the CityCargo cargo tram scheme in Amsterdam.


  • December 4 - The United States Supreme Court issues a unanimous decision in a suit brought by CSX Transportation against the state of Georgia. CSX alleged that the method that Georgia used to assess the railroad's property value within the state was improper. Lower courts agreed with the state, citing the 1976 Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act but the Supreme Court disagreed saying the act "prohibits States from discriminating against railroads by taxing railroad property more heavily than other commercial property in the State."[5][6]

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  • Construction of Imperial Wharf railway station on the West London Line is expected to begin.
  • For the new London Overground, Transport for London has ordered Class 378 (modified Class 376) units which will replace the British Rail Class 313 units and the East London Line A60 and A62 stock. The new units are expected to be delivered for the opening of the extended East London Line in 2010.


December deaths