1856 in rail transport
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1856.
|Years in rail transport|
- April 19 – Death of American locomotive builder Thomas Rogers, following which his son, Jacob S. Rogers, reorganizes Rogers, Ketchum and Grosvenor as Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works.
- April 21 – The first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River opens between Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.
- May 1 – First section of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway opens, between Ankleshwar and Utran.
- May 6 – The newly constructed sidewheeler Effie Afton runs into one of the supports for the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River, causing a fire that destroys the bridge just two weeks after it had opened.
- September 16 – Tarragona–Reus line in Spain opens.
- September 21 – The Illinois Central Railroad connects Chicago to Cairo, Illinois, completing 700 miles (1,126 km) of track to become the longest railway in the United States.
- September 22 – The Oriental Railway Company is granted the concession to build the first railway in Turkey, from İzmir to Aydın.
- January 8 – Charles "Joe" Baldwin, conductor on the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad
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