- 1976 in rail transport
March 27- The first section, 4.6 miles (7.4 km), of the Washington Metro, the elevated, ground, and subway system in Washington, D.C., opens. [cite web| author=Washington DC Chapter National Railway Historical Society| title=Washington, D.C. Railroad History| url=http://www.dcnrhs.org/dc_rail_history.htm| accessmonthday=27 March | accessyear=2006]
April 1- Conrailis formed by an act of United States Congress merging the Central Railroad of New Jersey, Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Lehigh and Hudson River Railway, Lehigh Valley Railroad, Penn Centraland Reading Companyinto the new Consolidated Railway Corporation.
May 4- An international train collides with a local train near Schiedam, the Netherlands, killing 24 and injuring 11.
June 15- Amtrakintroduces the "Palmetto".
October 6- The 2400-Series rapid transitcars (2401-2600), built by the Boeing-VertolCompany of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are placed in service on the Chicago 'L'system.
October 31- Canadian Pacific Railwayand Canadian National Railwayissue the first joint VIA Rail timetable.
December 26- The second American Freedom Traintour ends in Miami, Florida. See also American Freedom Train - 1975-76 station stops.
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* Many of the major American railroads paint some of their
diesel locomotivesin red, white and blue paint schemes in celebration of the United States Bicentennial
Southern Pacific RailroadGS-4 class 4-8-4number 4449 is painted in a special red, white and blue paint scheme and tours the United Statesas the power for the American Freedom Train.
Denman McNearsucceeds Benjamin Biagginias president of the Southern Pacific Company, parent company of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Benjamin Biagginiassumes the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern Pacific Company, a position that has been vacant since Donald Russell's departure in 1972.
* General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the
* Work begins to restore Southern Pacific
4-6-2number 2472 to operating condition after almost 20 years of static display.
July 4- Fred Gurley, president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway1944-1957 (b. 1889). [cite journal| journal=Railway Age| title=Short and Significant: Santa Fe's Fred Gurley dies at 87| month= July 26| year= 1976| pages=p 8| volume=177| issue=13 ]
July 15- William C. Coleman, president of Monon Railroad, (b. 1901). [cite journal| journal=Railway Age| title=Obituary| pages=p 43| month= August 9| year= 1976| publisher=Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation| volume=177| issue=14 ]
October 4- Henry G. Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineerof the London, Midland and Scottish Railway(b. 1886).
Unknown date deaths
John W. Barriger III, president of the Monon Railroad 1946– 1953, Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad 1954– 1964, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad 1965– 1970and the Boston and Maine Railroad 1973– 1974(b. 1899). [cite web| url=http://www.rosshorwood.com/RailSiteLinksFiles/JohnBarriger.html|title=John W. Barriger; Rail historian and railfan|accessmonthday=22 February|accessyear=2005]
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