- August 31 in rail transport
* 1877 – The first 2 ft (609.6 mm) narrow gauge railroad in America, the
Billerica and Bedford Railroad, begins operations.
* 1897 –
Charles Sanger Mellensucceeds Edwin Winteras president of Northern Pacific Railway. [cite book| author=Busbey, T. Addison, editor| title=The Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America, Edition of 1906| location=Chicago, Illinois| publisher=Railway Age| year=1906| page=666 ]
* 1937 – French government and the five most important French railway companies sign an agreement creating the
SNCF, for "Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français", from the merging of these five most important companies. The creation became effective on January 1, 1938.
* 1955 – The
Hudson and Manhattan Railroadbegins experiments with air conditioningon its subway cars, a technology that the New York City Subwaysystem declared impractical before then.
* 1963 –
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroadtakes control of Ann Arbor Railroad, in Michigan.
* 2003 – The
Kuala Lumpur Monorailopens.
* 2004 – The
United States Surface Transportation Boardrenews the authority of TTX Corporationto continue pooling and leasing railroad rolling stock for ten more years, over the protests of other rolling stock leasing companies.
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