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Union Pacific Railroad take delivery of the first “Big Boy” steam locomotive. By 1940, the national Defense Act encouraged railroads to develop faster, more powerful locomotives in preparationfor wartime requirements. Union Pacific responded with the 4-8-8-4 Class 4000 Big Boy, a 132-foot long, 1.2 million pound hulk. Because of its great length, the frame was articulated, or hinged, to allow it to negotiate curves. Its power was ideally suited to climb the 1.14 percent grade of the Wasatch Mountains. The last Big Boy made its final run in July 1959.
Railway Company: Union Pacific Railroad
First Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST steamed, earliest of 377 built for war service to British Ministry of Supply order.
Loco Builders: Hunslet Engine Co. Leeds
Soham disaster..exploding munitions wagon.
The national railway operator in the Republic of Ireland, Great Southern Railways, with responsibility for the southern part of the Irish railway network is merged into a new national transport operator, Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ).
Railway Company: Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ)
Devon Belle Pullman train with observation car introduced.
Railway Company: Southern Railway
The UK railways were nationalised.
Railway Company: Nationalisation