- 1978 in rail transport
* March -
Pacific Fruit Expressdissolves its fleet of refrigerator cars, which is distributed between Southern Pacific Railroadand Union Pacific Railroad.
July 6- A plastic bag of dirty linen carelessly placed against the electric heater in the vestibule of a sleeping cartraveling between Penzanceand London Paddington, Englandcauses the Taunton train fire.
September 12- The longest tunnel in New Zealand(8896m), the Kaimai Rail Tunnel on the East Coast Main Trunk Railwayopened.
October 29- VIA Railassumes all passenger trainoperations of the Canadian Pacific Railwayin Canada.
October 31- The last passenger traindeparts from St. Louis Union Terminal.
November 7- The Illinois Railway Museumcelebrates its 25th anniversary. [Illinois Railway Museum ( May 5 2005), " [http://www.irm.org/history/history.html History of the IRM] ". Retrieved November 7 2005.]
November 18- The Merivale Bridgeis officially opened, finally connecting South Brisbane Railway Station and Roma Street Railway Station and unifying the Brisbane Suburban network. Originally designed to carry both narrow gauge and standard gaugetracks, the latter was not added until 1986.
December 4- Union Pacific Railroadand Chicago and North Western Railwayjointly announce an agreement to build into Wyoming's Powder River Basinto access the numerous coalmines in the area. [cite journal| author=Feurer, Keith| year=2004| month=Summer| title=Look who came out on top| journal=North Western Lines (Chicago and North Western Railway Historical Society)| volume=32| issue=1| pages=16–39| id=ISSN 0279-5000 ]
December 31- The Rock Island Railroad operates its last passenger trains, the "Peorian" and a Chicago to Rock Island train.
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* The Stone Arch Bridge built by the Great Northern Railway across the
Mississippi Riverin Minneapolis, Minnesotasees its final use as a railroad bridge; the bridge is converted for pedestrian and bicycleuse.
Itel Corporationpurchases the Green Bay and Western.
* General Motors Electro-Motive Division introduces the AEM-7.
* May -
Harold W. Burtness, president Chicago Great Western Railway1946-1948, dies (b. 1879).
* Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (
2005), " [http://avenue.org/nrhs/histoct.htm This month in railroad history - October] ". Retrieved October 31 2005.
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