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The First Indian Passenger Train Ran on This Day from Bombay to Thane (34kms).The train consisted of 14 carriages containing 400 passengers and powered by 3 engines name Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan.
West Somerset Railway Company incorporated by Act of Parliament.
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge, two 450 feet arched spans over the River Tamar, linking Devon and Cornwall, is opened.
Person: Isambard Kingdom Brunel
The world’s first underground tube railway, the Tower Subway, opens in London, England. On its first trip, 12 people travel 450 yards(411meteres) in 11(eleven) seconds.
Railway Company: London Underground
An air brake system based upon a design by George Westinghouse was patented on March 5, 1872. In various forms, it has been nearly universally adopted.The Westinghouse system uses air pressure to charge air reservoirs (tanks) on each car. Full air pressure signals each car to release the brakes. A reduction or loss of air pressure signals each car to apply its brakes, using the compressed air in its reservoirs.
Person: George Westinghouse
The Somerset and Dorset Railway opened their northern extension from Evercreech Junction to Bath , to a junction with the Midland Railway half a mile from Bath station.
Railway Company: Somerset & Dorset Railway
Born on this day Josiah Stamp, Chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1926- 6 April 1941 when he died in a bombing raid with hios wife and son.
Person: Josiah Stamp
Railway Company: London, Midland & Scottish Railway
The Wennington Junction rail crash in England kills 8 people
The first public electric railway opens at the Berlin Trades Exposition.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened throughout to Darjeeling, India.
Railway Company: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Opening to traffic of the Gotthard Tunnel (15 km (9 mi)), completing the Gotthardbahn in Switzerland.
Oliver Bulleid, chief mechanical engineer of the Southern Railway (Great Britain) 1937-1948, born in New Zealand on this day(d. 1970).
Person: Oliver Bullied
Country: New Zealand
The first Express d'Orient is operated between Paris and Wien.
Volk's Electric Railway, the first of its kind in Britain, opens at Brighton.
Formal opening of first electrified section of Giant's Causeway Tramway in Ireland, utilising hydroelectricity.
Country: Northern Ireland
Railway Company: Portrush and Bush Valley Railway & Tramway Company Ltd
The first ever Express d'Orient passenger train service leaves Paris for Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), by way of Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Giurgiu, then, with passengers crossing the Danube by boat, a second train from Rustchuk to Varna, and from there by boat Espero to Constantinople. The train is officially renamed Orient Express in 1891.
Railway Company: Orient Express
The first GWR coal train runs through the 4 ½ mile Severn Tunnel.
Railway Company: Great Western
Death of Sir Daniel Gooch born on 24 August 1816.
Person: Daniel Gooch
Railway Company: Great Western Railway
Last Broad Gauge train runs from Paddington to the West of England.