2005 in rail transport

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January events

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* January 6 - A Norfolk Southern train carrying a few carloads of hazardous materials (including chlorine gas) collides with a parked train in Graniteville, South Carolina, causing the Graniteville train disaster. [cite news
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* January 12 - General Motors announces that it has agreed to sell its Electro-Motive Division to a partnership led by Greenbriar Equity Group and Berkshire Partners.General Motors (January 12 2005), [http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewmonthlyreleasedetail.do?domain=74&docid=11063 GM Agrees To Sell Electro-Motive Division] . Retrieved January 12 2005.]
* January 17 - Two Bangkok Metro trains collide, injuring nearly 200 people.BBC News (January 17 2005), " [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4180109.stm Thai subway shut for safety probe] ". Retrieved January 19 2005.] Associated Press (reprinted by Sydney Morning Herald January 17 2005), [http://smh.com.au/news/World/200-hurt-in-Bangkok-subway-crash/2005/01/17/1105810832556.html?oneclick=true 200 hurt in Bangkok subway crash] (smh.com.au). Retrieved January 19 2005.]
* January 26 - In what police call a suicide attempt, a Metrolink train in Glendale, California, (a suburb of Los Angeles) hits a car parked on a grade crossing and then derails into another Metrolink train and a parked Union Pacific Railroad locomotive; the Glendale train crash results in 11 fatalities and 200 injuries.Nguyen, Daisy; Associated Press (January 26 2005), [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=533&ncid=533&e=2&u=/ap/20050126/ap_on_re_us/train_derail 9 killed as suburban L.A. trains derail] . Retrieved January 26 2005.] CBS/AP (January 26 2005), [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/26/national/main669449.shtml Parked car caused train wreck] . Retrieved January 26 2005.] Molloy, Tim; Associated Press (January 26 2005), [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20050126-1234-wst-trainderail.html Suicide try triggers California commuter rail tragedy, police say] . Retrieved January 26 2005.]
* January 29 - Singapore's third LRT Line, Punggol LRT Line opened.

February events

:"Main article February 2005 in rail transport"
* February 25 - Bombardier is awarded a contract to build 361 passenger cars for a new Chinese rail line to Lhasa, Tibet; due to the destination's altitude the cars will include special UV-filtering glass and a unique oxygen enriching system.Trains NewsWire (February 28 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/768dqrts.asp Bombardier awarded Chinese passenger car contract] ". Retrieved March 10 2005.]

March events

:"Main article March 2005 in rail transport"
* March 2 - Citing disputes in paid leave policies, around 200 BNSF Railway dispatchers walk off the job for nearly three hours, causing traffic delays over the entire system from Chicago to the Pacific coast.Trains NewsWire (March 3 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/774kmryp.asp Dispatcher walkout snarls BNSF] ". Retrieved March 10 2005.]
* March 14 - Canadian Pacific Railway purchases 35 new Green Goat hybrid locomotives, becoming the first railroad to order this type of locomotive.Canadian Pacific Railway (March 14 2005), " [http://www8.cpr.ca/cms/English/Media/News/General/2005/Hybrid+locomotives.htm Canadian Pacific Railway to acquire first hybrid locomotives] ". Retrieved March 17 2005.]

April events

:"Main article April 2005 in rail transport"
* April 1
** flagicon|Canada - All former BC Rail systems and operations are fully integrated into those of the purchasing railroad, Canadian National Railway. [http://cn.ca/productsservices/BCRail/en_BCRail.shtml]
** flagicon|Mexico - Kansas City Southern Railway completes its controlling interest purchase of TFM; Vicente Corta is named interim CEO of TFM.Kansas City Southern Industries (April 1, 2005), " [http://notes.kcsi.com/WebApps/kcspress.nsf/626e6035eadbb4cd85256499006b15a6/3459278460cbce2f86256fd600562252?OpenDocument Kansas City Southern Announces Closing of TFM Transaction; Naming of TFM Interim CEO] ". Retrieved May 26, 2005.]
* April 7 - Railways Act 2005 (UK) [http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2005/20050014.htm] provides for abolition of Strategic Rail Authority.
* April 13 - The transport ministry of Bulgaria issues the first freight transport license to a private company, Bulgarian Railroad Company, to operate on the nation's rail network.Bulgarian News Network (April 13 2005), " [http://www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=19996 Bulgaria Licenses Private Railroad Carrier] ". Retrieved April 13 2005.]
* April 25 - A JR West commuter train derails and strikes an apartment building in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan, killing 106 and injuring more than 460 others; see also Amagasaki rail crash, .
* April 28 - Swiss engineers blast through the last section of rock on the first bore of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel project under the Alps.Trains NewsWire (April 29 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/883laawr.asp Swiss complete digging Alpine tunnel] ". Retrieved May 4 2005.] "See also "

May events

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* May 3 - The Iranian president Mohammad Khatami leads the ceremony inaugurating passenger rail service between Mashhad and Bafq, Iran.Payvand's Iran News (May 3 2005), " [http://www.payvand.com/news/05/may/1015.html Iranian President inaugurates Mashhad-Bafq railroad] ". Retrieved May 3 2005.]
* May 26 - Genesee and Wyoming (G&W) announce that they have agreed to purchase the railroad operations of Rail Management Corporation (RMC). G&W will pay $243 million in cash and assume $1.7 million in company debt to gain control of 14 short line railroads from RMC across the southeastern United States, as of June 1, 2005. G&W already controls 24 other railroads in North America, South America and Australia.Trains NewsWire (May 26, 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/949ntchy.asp G&W to acquire Rail Management Corp. rail operations] ". Retrieved May 27, 2005.] Genesee and Wyoming, Inc. (May 26, 2005), " [http://www.gwrr.com/features/gwi_aquisition05262005.html Genesee & Wyoming Announces Agreement to Acquire Short Line and Port Railroads from Rail Management Corporation] ". Retrieved May 27, 2005.]

June events

:"Main article June 2005 in rail transport"
* June 1 - Joseph H. Boardman, former Commissioner of New York State Department of Transportation, begins his duties as Administrator for the United States Federal Railroad Administration (a division of the USDOT).Federal Railroad Administration, US DOT (June 1, 2005), " [http://www.fra.dot.gov/us/press-releases/64 Joseph H. Boardman Begins Role as New Administrator for Federal Railroad Administration With Focus on Rail Safety and Intercity Passenger Rail Reform] ". Retrieved June 6, 2005.]
* June 2 - Railroad workers across France go on strike to demand better wages and jobs. The strike, which began at 18:00 GMT on Wednesday, is expected to last through 6:00 GMT Friday. Nearly 40% of all TGV schedules are dropped for the duration of the strike.Associated Press (June 2, 2005), " [http://newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/06/02/60103.html Railroad strike upsets train service around France, causing rush-hour havoc] " (newsfromrussia.com). Retrieved June 2, 2005.]
* June 4 - Lalu Prasad, India's Railway Minister, presents his Rs.532 billion ($12 billion) budget for Indian Railways for 2005-06. The network of more than 9,000 passenger trains will not increase passenger fares, will add 46 new trains, increase frequencies on 10 others and plans to inaugurate new high speed train service between New Delhi and Kolkata and another between New Delhi and Chennai.MoneyPlans.net (June 4, 2005), " [http://archives.moneyplans.net/frontend206-verify-6737.html World-class railroad service promised for India] ". Retrieved June 4, 2005.]
* June 12 - At 7:10 AM local time, a bomb explodes between Uzunovo and Bogatishchevo, Russia (about 95 miles / 153 km from Moscow), derailing the locomotive and first four passenger cars of the Grozny-Moscow train. Investigators found wires leading from the explosion site to a control panel and hideout about 164 ft (50 m) from the site.RIA Novosti (June 13, 2005), " [http://en.rian.ru/russia/20050613/40514461.html Railroad traffic restored] ". Retrieved June 13, 2005. Details bomb on Russian railroad, June 12.]
* June 21 - A southbound passenger train collides with a coal delivery truck near Revadim, about 25 miles south of Tel Aviv; the train was bound for Beersheba when the accident occurred. At least seven people die in the accident and more than 200 are injured.CBS, (June 21 2005), " [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/21/world/main703268.shtml Deadly Train-Truck Crash In Israel] ". Retrieved August 13 2005.]
* June 22 - The entire network of the Swiss Federal Railways shuts down due to a power failure in its overhead wire system. The power failure is also affecting international transit through Switzerland as such intercity trains use the same system. Initial reports indicate that the power failure started with a voltage drop in Ticino (in the St. Gotthard region) that then spread to the entire system. SwissInfo (June 22 2005), " [http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=106&sid=5891657&cKey=1119459101000 Swiss train network shuts down] ". Retrieved June 22 2005.] BBC News (June 22 2005), " [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4121072.stm Swiss rail network grinds to halt] ". Retrieved June 22 2005.]

July events

:"Main article July 2005 in rail transport"
* July 1 - Indian Railways is expected to inaugurate two new "Shatabdi Express" passenger trains, one between Chennai and Bangalore and a new "Jan-Shatabdi Express" between Madgaon and Mangalore.
* July 7 - Three bombs explode in the London Underground killing at least 35 people. Explosions occurred between the Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations, between King's Cross St Pancras and Russell Square, and at Edgware Road. A further bomb on a bus in Tavistock Square killed 13 people. A statement claiming responsibility was posted to a website known to be operated by associates of Al Qaeda.
* July 13 - A passenger train stopped at the Ghotki, Pakistan, train station was hit from behind by a train that missed a signal. The derailed cars were subsequently hit by a third train, resulting in a total of seventeen wrecked train cars, which carried over 3,000 passengers. More than 100 people are dead from the Ghotki rail crash. Pakistani railroad officials have called this the worst railroad accident there in 15 years.Bloomberg.com: Asia (July 13 2005), " [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=agOCVQfRCCIM&refer=asia Pakistan Triple-Train Crash Leaves 109 People Dead] ". Retrieved July 13 2005.] Xinhua (July 13 2005), " [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-07/13/content_3214928.htm Pakistani leaders express deep sorrow over train accident] ". Retrieved July 13 2005.]
* 29 July - Iarnród Éireann, the Irish state railway operator, ceases all container freight traffic on the network. Freight yards at Limerick and Dublin will be closed.

August events

:"Main article August 2005 in rail transport"
* August 4 - Argentinian railroad workers across the country (except for the subway operators in Buenos Aires) go on strike for 24 hours demanding higher wages. The strike comes after 100 days of failed negotiations between the railroads and the engine driver unions; if an agreement cannot be reached within a week, the unions have threatened a subsequent 36-hour strike. The railroad employees strike coincides with a 72-hour health care workers strike that is still occurring.Prensa Latina (August 4 2005), " [http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID={8B7877FD-E854-4847-89C8-C34D94987E71}&language=EN Argentinian Railroad Workers Join Health Sector in Strike] ". Retrieved August 4 2005.]
* August 15 - All America Latina Logistica SA (ALL) of Brazil announces that it has formed a partnership with Besco Engineering and Services Private Limited of India to build new railroad cars in Brazil. The new enterprise, to be named Santa Fe Vagoes SA, will be located in Brazil and 40% owned by ALL.Nicaretta, Romina, Bloomberg.com (August 16 2005), " [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=a4pa9YU0WN7k&refer=latin_america ALL, India's Besco Form Joint Venture to Build Railroad Wagons] ". Retrieved August 16 2005.]
* August 24 - Chinese railroad workers in Tibet laid rails on the Tanggula Mountain Pass in Tibet at 5,072 m (16,640 ft) above sea level, surpassing the altitude of the highest Peruvian railway by 255 m (837 ft). This section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is now the highest railway in the world. The railway also includes the highest railway station in the world at Lhasa, 5,068 m (16,627 ft) above sea level. The railway is expected to open later in 2005.Xinhua (August 24 2005), " [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-08/24/content_3397297.htm New height of world's railway born in Tibet] ". Retrieved August 24 2005.]

September events

:"Main article September 2005 in rail transport"
* September 2 - In a letter to the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, BNSF Railway (headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas) pledges a contribution of $1 million, and offers rail transportation to aid in relief efforts for the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The monetary contribution would come from the Bulington Northern Santa Fe Foundation as a donation to the American Red Cross relief efforts, while the transportation assistance is currently being organized by the Association of American Railroads, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Railroad Administration and the other railroads that serve the area. The letter also states that repairs to the Bayou Boeuf bridge are now complete and BNSF's mainline was reopened as originally planned at 6:00 PM Central Time on September 1. [cite press release |title=BNSF Railway Makes $1 Million Contribution, Offers Transportation Help to Hurricane Victims |publisher=BNSF |date=2005-09-02 |url=http://www.bnsf.com/media/news/articles/2005/09/2005-09-02a.html |format= |accessdate=2007-01-08 |quote= ]
* September 6 - Indonesian transport officials at a meeting in Bandar Lampung announce plans to build a trans-Sumatran railway to connect Banda Aceh to Bakauheni, a distance of 2,151 km (1,337 miles). A Feasibility Study performed after the 2004 tsunami by SNCF, the national rail carrier of France, showed that such a line could be built. Construction is expected to commence in seven stages; the first stage would connect Banda Aceh to Besitang (484 km / 301 miles). [http://www.indonesia-relief.org/mod.php?mod=publisher&op=viewarticle&cid=19&artid=1615 (Indonesia Relief)]
* September 13 - The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), the national rail carrier of Nigeria, announces that it has laid off 5,980 of its nearly 12,000 employees, answering a call from the Nigerian government to downsize. The government first asked NRC for a 50% reduction in the last quarter of 2003; NRC waited until there was sufficient funds from the government for severance packages for the affected employees. In all, the government released nearly N2.1 billion ($16 million) to NRC for severance pay. Some of NRC's layoff criteria included fraud, excessive absenteeism, employees who had worked for more than 33 years, or who were aged 50-60, and employees with a history of disciplinary actions. [http://allafrica.com/stories/200509140008.html (AllAfrica)]
* September 20 - Japanese officials announce the government's intentions to pay former World War II prisoners of war involved in the construction of the Death Railway between Thailand and Burma. Compensation amounts have not been announced; some estimates place the number of construction survivors at 1,800, most now aged in their 80s and 90s. The compensation for laborers who have died either during construction or afterward would be sent to their next of kin.New Straits Times (September 20 2005), " [http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/20050920091819/Article/indexb_html Hope for survivors of ‘Death Railway'] ". Retrieved September 20 2005.]
* September 29 - Sixty years after World War II, Nederlandse Spoorwegen issues a statement formally apologizing for transporting Jewish people to Nazi concentration camps in Germany and Poland during the war. Aad Veenman, the railway's chief executive stated "On behalf of the company and from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologise for what happened during the war." The railway made the decision to issue the formal apology after the largest Dutch Jewish organization, CJO, proposed an awareness campaign to take place at the railway's stations nationwide. Reaction among the survivors is mixed.Mudeva, Anna; Reuters (September 29 2005), " [http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29730740.htm Dutch railway firm apologises for deporting Jews] ". Retrieved September 29 2005.]

October events

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* October 6 - Amtrak announces that the "City of New Orleans" and "Crescent" passenger trains will again serve New Orleans Union Station beginning on Sunday October 9. Before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Amtrak suspended "City of New Orleans" service south of Memphis, Tennessee, and suspended "Crescent" service south of Atlanta, Georgia, in anticipation of damage to the tracks and signal systems surrounding New Orleans. The first departure from New Orleans will be the northbound "Crescent" at 7:20 AM, followed by the northbound "City of New Orleans" at 1:45 PM; the first corresponding southbound trains are scheduled to arrive in New Orleans later that afternoon. Amtrak's announcement did not mention service restoration on the transcontinental "Sunset Limited".Amtrak (October 6 2005), " [http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Copy/News_Release_Popup&c=am2Copy&cid=1093554021576 Amtrak Trains to Roll Out of New Orleans on October 9] ". Retrieved October 6 2005.]
* flagicon|Uganda October 14 - The concession for operation of the Kenya-Uganda Railways is awarded to Rift Valley Railways Consortium (RVRC), headquartered in South Africa. In announcing the bid, officials state that Rift Valley was selected over RITES Ltd. of India, the only other bidder, by a factor of two to one. The new operator is expected to begin management of the combined railway on March 30 2006. RVRC will not be expected to take up the railways 20.9 billion shilling ($282 million) debt, but will repay the Kenyan government 3 billion shillings ($40.5 million) that was spent to subsidize the railway for the last three years.Capital FM (October 14 2005), " [http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/html/capAllContent.asp?pcat=NEWS&cat=BREAKINGNEWS&sid=2163 SA firm wins railway deal] ". Retrieved October 16 2005.]
* October 15 - Chinese officials announce the completion of the Qingzang railway connecting Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. The line's construction, which has been criticized by some who say the new railway will dilute Tibetan culture, had to overcome technical challenges that included building a railway on top of permafrost and boring tunnels through solid ice while construction workers breathed bottled oxygen.The Telegraph (October 15 2005), " [http://www.telegraphindia.com/1051016/asp/foreign/story_5360407.asp World's highest railway] ". Retrieved October 16 2005.]
* October 17 - British railway ministers announce that Scottish Ministers will soon take control of railway administration within Scotland. The powers will include decisions over operations and infrastructure (such as tracks and stations) as well as oversight of the First ScotRail franchise. The British government will also supply a multi-million pound grant to fund the Scottish rail operations, money that is needed in order to move the Edinburgh station improvement project forward, for example. British ministers will retain train driver licensing as well as other safety obligations.Scotsman.com (October 17 2005), " [http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2100122005 Scotland assumes new railway powers] ". Retrieved October 18 2005.]
* October 24 - World's first biogas train makes maiden voyage.
* October 31 - Rapid transit workers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, go on strike. SEPTA, the fifth largest transit agency in the United States, is forced to temporarily close several lines due to a lack of trained employees. Union negotiators walked out of contract negotiations minutes before the midnight deadline when they failed to come to a conclusion; disputes were centered around employee pay and benefits agreements. All operators on the City, Victory, and Frontier Divisions walked off the job. SEPTA services on the regional rail division continue according to contingency plans, and all bus, trolley, and subway lines are suspended until the conclusion of the work stoppage.Podsana, Janice; Associated Press (reprinted in The Guardian, October 31 2005), " [http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5381536,00.html Philadelphia Transit Workers Go on Strike] ". Retrieved October 31 2005.]

November events

: "Main article November 2005 in rail transport"
* November 1 - Government officials in China announce plans to privatise the nation's rail network into separate corporations that could be listed on international stock markets. The strategy is to raise money for improvements and expansions to the network, which would increase the amount of track by about 27,000 km (16,800 miles). The plan could lead to partial or complete foreign ownership of some railway lines, but some investors have already raised concerns over the network's regulatory system, especially in regard to the newly independent railways' abilities to raise prices to cover costs. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4395070.stm (BBC News)]
* November 4 - The United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announces a requirement for increased and more detailed inspections of around 90,000 miles (145,000 km) of track that use continuous welded rail. The inspections are to detect and repair potential problems that involve loose or missing bolts, detectable problems in the rail and other potential hazards. In making the announcement, the FRA and NTSB cite inadequate track inspections as the cause of three major derailments since 2002, including a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) derailment in January 2002 near Minot, North Dakota, that released a cloud of anhydrous ammonia, and an Amtrak derailment in 2004 near Flora, Mississippi, in which a passenger died. CP disputes inadequate inspections as the cause of the 2002 accident. [http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-railroad-inspections,0,2555305.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines (AP/Newsday)] [http://www.fra.dot.gov/us/press-releases/82 (FRA)]
* November 23 - Railroad workers across France return to work from a strike action. The labour unions involved in the strike report that they are pleased with concessions agreed to during negotiations on Tuesday and French President Jacques Chirac offered his personal guarantee that SNCF would not be privatised. The strike, the sixth by French rail workers in 2005, suspended one third of all TGV trains across the country. [http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/23/news/france.php (IHT)]

December events

: "Main article December 2005 in rail transport"
* flagicon|Canada December 2 - Schnabel car CEBX 800, the largest such car on North American rails, departs Duluth, Minnesota, in a special Canadian Pacific Railway train bound for Long Lake in northern Alberta. The car is carrying what has been called the largest single-car freight load ever carried in North America, an enormous "hydro cracker" reactor built in pieces in Dubai and Japan. The 1.5 million pound load was offloaded from the ship "Stellaprima" in Duluth on November 23.Duluth Seaway Port Authority (November 23 2005), " [http://www.duluthport.com/2005pr/stellaprima.html Record setting cargo loading update] ". Retrieved December 6 2005.] Duluth Shipping News, " [http://duluthshippingnews.com/index.html Photos] ". Retrieved December 6 2005.] Passi, Peter; Duluth News Tribune (November 24 2005), " [http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/2005/11/24/news/local/13249528.htm Latest lift breaks port records] ". Retrieved December 6 2005.] Trainorders.com forum contributors (December 2 2005), " [http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,1049940 Schnabel car leaving Duluth] ". Retrieved December 6 2005.]
* December 6
** flagicon|United Arab Emirates - General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, announces that studies will begin on connecting all of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates by rail for both passenger and intermodal freight transport. The 700 km (435 mile) proposed route would connect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah with Ruwais and Ghowaifat. Officials hope to create a public-private partnership in order to build and operate the proposed railway. The project is part of a wider plan and a requirement of the Gulf Cooperation Council's plan to connect all Arab states by rail.WAM (December 6 2005), " [http://wam.org.ae/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_JSESSIONID=69095c088e575433&pagename=WAM/WamLocEnews/W-T-LEN-FullNews&c=WamLocEnews&cid=1133847340854&p=1041248621847 Study on Emirates Railway project given a go-ahead] ". Retrieved December 7 2005.] TradeArabia (December 7 2005), " [http://www.tradearabia.com/tanews/newsdetails_snSTN_article97506.html UAE mulls country-wide railway network] ". Retrieved December 7 2005.]
** flagicon|England - Opening of London's Docklands Light Railway extension to King George V, via London City Airport, England. [cite web|author="Times Online"|date=December 6 2005|url=http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11250-1910132,00.html|title=Docklands Light Railway reaches City airport|accessdate=2005-12-07]
* December 7 - QJ 7081 pulls the world's last regularly scheduled passenger train behind a steam locomotive on a mainline railroad when it pulls a train between Daban and Chabuga, China.
* December 11 - In Switzerland, all trains become officially non-smoking
* December 20 - New York City Subway workers walk off their jobs in a strike called by the Transport Workers Union at 3:00 AM local time. It is a move that may be in violation of a previous court ruling that makes subway worker strikes illegal, and MTA lawyers have asked the courts to review the strike action as one that may be in contempt of court with that ruling. Fines for such a ruling of contempt could include two days pay for each striking employee per day that the strike continues. The union claims that MTA should be able to afford the health care benefit and pension levels sought by the union due to a budget surplus of nearly $1 billion. While the strike is in progress, the city of New York has implemented emergency statutes that include restricting private vehicles carrying less than four occupants from entering the city between 5:00 AM and 11:00 AM local time.CBS News (December 20 2005), " [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/20/national/main1140180.shtml NYC Transit Workers On Strike] ". Retrieved December 20 2005.]

Unknown date events

* - Construction is completed in Japan on the 26.5 km (16.5 mile) long Hakkōda Tunnel on the Tōhoku Shinkansen's extension from Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori.


January deaths

* January 23 - John H. Kuehl, editor of "Private Varnish" magazine, passenger car historian and photographer (b. 1938).

February deaths

* February 12 - Vernon L. Smith, mechanical engineer for Lima Locomotive Works in the 1930s, superintendent of motive power for the Belt Railway of Chicago in the 1970s, and noted railroad author (b. 1912).Trains NewsWire (March 9 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/782inwyf.asp Vernon L. Smith, retired railroader and author, dies] ". Retrieved March 10 2005.]

March deaths

* March 28 - Paul H. Stringham, central Illinois railroad photographer and historian (b. 1913).Trains NewsWire (March 31 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/825kfavs.asp Paul Stringham dies: Illinois rail photographer, historian, and author] ". Retrieved April 7 2005.]

April deaths

* April 22 - Margaret Landry Moore, "Miss Southern Belle" spokesmodel for Kansas City Southern's "Southern Belle" passenger trains (b. 1923).Trains NewsWire (April 27 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/872uxhif.asp ‘Miss Southern Belle' dies] ". Retrieved May 4 2005.]
* April 28 - Frank Turpin, CEO of Alaska Railroad, 19851993 (b. 1923).Loy, Wesley, Anchorage Daily News (April 30 2005), " [http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/6437142p-6316333c.html Frank Turpin, railroad, oil leader, dies] ." Retrieved May 4 2005.]

May deaths

* May 28 - Benjamin F. Biaggini, chairman and CEO of the Southern Pacific Company (parent company of Southern Pacific Railroad) 19641983 (b. 1916).Trains NewsWire (June 2, 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/959azopx.asp Benjamin Biaggini, SP president from 1964 to 1983, dies] ". Retrieved June 3, 2005.]

August deaths

* August 12 - E. Spencer Miller, president of Maine Central Railroad 1952-1978.Associated Press (reprinted by boston.com, September 1 2005), " [http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2005/09/01/longtime_president_of_maine_central_railroad_dies/ Longtime president of Maine Central Railroad dies] ". Retrieved September 2 2005.]

November deaths

* November 22 - Orville R. Harrold, president of Providence and Worcester Railroad 1980-2005 (b. 1932). [http://www.railwayage.com/breaking_news.shtml (Railway Age)] [cite journal| month=March| year=2006| title=Arrivals & Departures| journal=Trains Magazine| volume=66| issue=3| pages=p 11| id=ISSN 0041-0934 ]
* November 24 - Robert J. Kmieciak, chairman of the United Transportation Union Board of Appeals (b. 1923).Trains NewsWire (November 30 2005), " [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/006/330izstz.asp Retired former chairman of UTU Board of Appeals dies] ". Retrieved December 2 2005.]

Industry awards

North America

;2005 E. H. Harriman Awards:

;Awards presented by Railway Age magazine:
* 2005 Railroader of the Year: David R. Goode (NS)
* 2005 Regional Railroad of the Year: Red River Valley and Western Railroad
* 2005 Short Line Railroad of the Year: Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway [cite press release| publisher=Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Company| date=2005-02-08| url=http://www.crandic.com/stellent2/groups/public/documents/pub/cr2_au_news_002594.hcsp| title=CRANDIC Selected Short Line Railroad of the Year| accessdate=2006-02-08 ]

United Kingdom

;Train Operator of the Year:
* 2005: London Underground [cite press release| url=http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-centre/press-releases/press-releases-content.asp?prID=705| title=Tube named UK's Train Operator of the Year| publisher=Transport For London| date=2006-03-01| accessdate=2006-11-06| ]


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