1937 in rail transport
This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in 1937.
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- March 9 – In a joint announcement, Pullman and the New York Central announce the order of new streamlined equipment to be NYC's "Great Steel Fleet". At the same time Pullman and the Pennsylvania Railroad announce new streamline cars to be PRR's "Fleet of Modernism".
- March 15 – The last tram operates on the Porte de Saint-Cloud-Porte de Vincennes line in Paris, France.
- March 21 – Southern Pacific's "Daylight Limited" debuts the new red/orange/black "Daylight" paint scheme.
- April 10 – The last train operates on Colorado and Southern Railway's line to Leadville, Colorado, which was originally built and operated by the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad.
- April 25 – Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue passenger train is re-equipped with cars rebuilt in the B&O's company shops.
- May – Electro-Motive Corporation introduces the EMC E1, the first E Series design which will continue in production until 1963.
- May 1 – Takahata Station on the Gyokunan Electric Railway in Japan is renamed to Takahatafudō Station.
- May 18 – All heavyweight wood passenger cars used on the Super Chief are replaced with lightweight stainless steel cars.
- May 19 – The New York, Ontario and Western Railway files for bankruptcy.
- June 3 – The first Duplex-drive steam locomotive in the United States (Baltimore and Ohio 5600) is ordered.
- June 20 – Pennsylvania Railroad's Manhattan Transfer station in New York City closes after 26 years of service in favor of Newark Penn Station.
- June 29 – On a press run preparatory to the introduction of the Coronation Scot service, LMS Princess Coronation Class 6220 Coronation, newly built, achieves a speed of 114 miles per hour (183 km/h) near Crewe.
- July 5 – In Great Britain, the rival operators of the East and West Coast Main Line railway routes between London and Scotland introduce streamlined express passenger named trains hauled by 4-6-2 steam locomotives: the London and North Eastern Railway's The Coronation between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley, hauled by the LNER Class A4; and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway's Coronation Scot between London Euston and Glasgow Central, hauled by the LMS Coronation Class.
- August 1 – Russia's Railway Worker Day national holiday is restored under Soviet rule; the observance date is changed from July 8 to the first Sunday of August.
- December 5 – The last run on the Mount Lowe Railway in Southern California carries a group known as "The Railroad Boosters" who seek to preserve the railway for future riders as a heritage railway.
- December 10 – Castlecary rail crash: An express on the London and North Eastern Railway's Edinburgh to Glasgow line in Scotland collides into the rear of a local train standing at Castlecary in the snow, due primarily to a signalman's error; 35 are killed (including 7 train crew).
- December 22 – The Pacific Railway Equipment Company's prototype pendulum car, an early example of a tilting train, begins testing on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
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- The Lake Shore Electric Railway and the Indiana Railroad both cease operations.
- Raymond Loewy establishes a business relationship with the Pennsylvania Railroad; one of his first projects is to redesign the Broadway Limited passenger train.
- Pullman-Standard introduces roomette sleeping cars.
- The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad, in Massachusetts, files for bankruptcy.
- Fairfax Harrison is succeeded by Earnest E. Norris as president of the Southern Railway.
- Union Pacific Railroad changes the consist on the City of Los Angeles passenger train to use one of only two EMC E2 locomotives built.
- (May 2005), Corrections and Clarifications, Trains Magazine, p. 10.
- Norfolk Southern Railway. Retrieved February 22, 2005.
- Wayner, Robert J., ed. (1972). Car Names, Numbers and Consists. New York: Wayner Publications. OCLC 8848690.
- "Railway Statistics 2008". Norwegian National Rail Administration. 2009. p. 34. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- London & North Eastern Railway (1937). The Coronation: the first streamline train, King's Cross for Scotland. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- "The streamlined symbol of 1930s luxury". York: National Railway Museum. 2009-05-01. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- "Railway Worker Day marked in Russia". ITAR-TASS. 2006-08-06. Retrieved 2006-08-07.
- ja:仙山線#歴史#年表 (Japanese language) Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Johnson, Ron (1985). The Best of Maine Railroads. Portland Litho. p. 112.
- "A Brief History of the Famous Mount Lowe Railway". Retrieved 5 December 2005.
- "Accident at Castlecary on 10th December 1937". Railways Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
- "New Type Rail Coach Tested". Los Angeles Times. December 23, 1937. p. A3.