1847 in rail transport
February 26– The Somerville and Easton Railroad, a predecessor of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, is chartered.
March 9– The Richmond and Danville Railroadis chartered in Virginia.
March 15– The Amiens-Boulogne line in Franceopens between Abbevilleand Étaples.cite web| url=http://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=15_mars_dans_les_chemins_de_fer&oldid=14209552| title=15 mars dans les chemins de fer|language=French|date= 2007-02-16|accessdate=2007-03-15]
March 16– The Leeds and Bradford Extension Railwayopens between Shipley and Keighley in West Yorkshire, England. [cite book|title=Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale|last=Bairstow|first=Martin|publisher=Martin Bairstow|location=Leeds|date=2004|isbn=1-871944-28-7]
April 19– The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, a predecessor of the New York Central Railroad, officially changes its name to Albany and Schenectady Railroad.
May 24– The Dee bridge disaster: a cast irongirder bridge across the river Dee at Chester, England, designed by Robert Stephensonfor the Chester and Holyhead Railway, collapses under a Shrewsbury and Chester Railwaytrain with five fatalities. [cite book|author=Lewis, Peter R.|title=Disaster on the Dee: Robert Stephenson's Nemesis of 1847|publisher=Tempus Publishing|location=Stroud|date=2007|isbn=978-0-7524-4266-2]
May 31– The first railway connection between Rotterdamand The Hagueopens in the Netherlands. [cite web|author=BrainyMedia.com|date= 2005|url=http://www.brainyhistory.com/events/1847/may_31_1847_52019.html|title=Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens|accessdate=2005-05-27]
* June – The first "Bradshaws Continental Railway Guide"
timetableis published by George Bradshawin England.
June 26– Opening of first railway wholly within modern-day Denmark, from Copenhagento Roskilde.cite book|author=Marshall, John|title=The Guinness Railway Book|date=1989|publisher=Guinness|location=Enfield|isbn=0-85112-359-7]
July 9– The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railwayis incorporated as an amalgamation of several important railway lines in Northern England. [cite book|author=Marshall, John|title=The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, vol. 1|date=1969|publisher=David & Charles|location=Newton Abbot|isbn=0-7153-4352-1]
August 9– Opening of first railway wholly within Switzerland, from Zürichto Baden.
September 22– The Railway Clearing Housein Great Britainrecommends that Greenwich Mean Timebe adopted as the standard time for all railways in the United Kingdom. [cite web|url=http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/d.html|title=Daylight Saving Time - Standard time begain with the railroads|accessdate=2005-09-22]
London and North Western Railwayopens its Trent Valley Lineto give a more direct route for the West Coast Main Lineto North West England, bypassing Birmingham. [cite book|author=Clinker, C. R.|title=Railways of the West Midlands – a chronology, 1808-1954|publisher=Stephenson Locomotive Society|location=London]
** The first
time zonein the world is established by British railways with GMT hand-carried on chronometers.
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John Urpeth Rastrickretires from Foster, Rastrick and Company, the English firm that built the first steam locomotives for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. [cite web|author=Bedwell, Carolyn|date= 2002|url=http://www.kylenano.demon.co.uk/rastrick/jur-summary.htm|title=John Urpeth Rastrick|accessdate=2005-04-04]
October 6- Webb C. Ball, watchmakerwho introduced the first truly reliable and accurate timepieces on American railroads.
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