Historical Dates Just when did That Happen?

DATES WHAT HAPPENED ? A TIMELINE OF RAILROAD HAPPENINGS
1804 OLIVER EVANS-BUILT FIRST AMERICAN STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
1826 GRANITE RAILWAY CO., BOSTON MA.-FIRST TO BUILD AND OPERATE A RAILROAD IN US.
1827 BALTIMORE & OHIO-FIRST COMMON CARRIER RAILROAD
1830 BEST FRIEND OF CHARLESTON-FIRST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE PUT INTO REGULAR SERVICE
1830 THERE WERE 23 MILES OF RAILROAD IN OPERATION
1831 SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROAD-FIRST TO CARRY MAIL.
1831 BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS FOUNDED.
1832 BALDWIN BUILDS "OLD IRONSIDES" THEIR FIRST LOCOMOTIVE
1835 ROGERS LOCOMOTIVE WORKS FOUNDED-FIRST ENGINE "SANDUSKY"
1836 CITY POINT RAILROAD CHARTERED, N&W EARLIEST PREDECESSOR, FROM CITY POINT, VA., TO PETERSBURG, VA., ONE LOCOMOTIVE, THE 35-HORSEPOWER "POWHATAN".
1837 FIRST LOCOMOTIVE WHISTLE.
1842 FIRST SHIPMENT OF MILK TO NEW YORK IN A CHURN. MILK WAS SHIPPED IN 5-15 GALLON CAPACITY CANS IN INSULATED CARS THEREAFTER.
1848 SCHENECECTADY LOCOMOTIVE WORKS FOUNDED. FIRST ENGINE "LIGHTNING".
1850 AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY FORMED BY MERGERS OF WELLS, LIVINGSTON, FARGO AND BUTTERFIELD EXPRESS COMPANIES.
1851 THE TELEGRAPH WAS USED FOR DISPATCHING TRAINS ON THE ERIE RR.
1852 WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY FORMED AS A SUBSIDIARY OF AMERICAN EXPRESS. THEY OPENED AN OCEAN EXPRESS SERVICE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO VIA THE PANAMA CANAL.
1852 FIRST TRAIN REACHES CHICAGO FROM THE EAST.
1852 DANFORTH, COOKE & COMPANY FOUNDED. BUILT STEAM POWERED ROTARY SNOWPLOWS.
1853 THE DUPLEX TELEGRAPH WAS INVENTED.
1857 MERCHANTS DESPATCH TRANSPORTATION COMPANY FORMED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY.
1857 FIRST SHIPMENT OF REFRIGERATED MEAT TO CHICAGO.
1858 FIRST PULLMAN SLEEPER GOES INTO SERVICE.
1858 DICKSON MANUFACTURING COMPANY FOUNDED.
1862 PRESIDENT LINCOLN SIGNS PACIFIC RAILROAD ACT-FIRST TRANSCONTINNENTAL RR.
1862 FIRST RAILWAY POST OFFICE SERVICE OPERATED ON THE C&NW FROM CHICAGO TO CLINTON, IOWA. PRIOR TO THIS ALL MAIL WAS CARRIED IN LOCKED POUCHES.
1863 CNW INTRODUCES THE CABOOSE "CUPOLA".
1863 FIRST RR LABOR UNION-BROTHERHOOD OF THE FOOTBOARD.
1865 STEEL RAIL INTRODUCED TO REPLACE IRON "T" RAILS.
1866 FIRST TRAIN ROBBERY TOOK PLACE ON THE OHIO & MISSISSIPPI RAILWAY NEAR SEYMOUR, IN JACKSON COUNTY, INDIANA.
1867 FIRST TRANSCINTINENTAL RAILROAD COMPLETED.
1867 FIRST PULLMAN PORTER HIRED. MOST PORTERS COME FROM GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS THAN ANY OTHER REGION.
1868 ELI HAMILTON JANNEY PATENTS THE AUTOMATIC COUPLER.
1869 GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE PATENTS THE AIR-BRAKE.
1869 GOLDEN SPIKE DRIVEN COMPLETING THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RR
1869 BROOKS LOCOMOTIVE WORKS FOUNDED.
1870 THE FIRST MECHANICAL INTERLOCKING SYSTEM & LOWER QUADRANT TYPE SEMAPHORE PLACED INTO OPERATION.
1870 FIRST THRU TRAIN, COAST TO COAST, BOSTON TO SAN FRANCISCO.
1870 ARCHBAR TRUCKS BEGAN REPLACING WOOD BEAM AS US STANDARD
1872 THE STEADY-ENERGY TRACK CIRCUIT(AUTOMATIC BLOCK SIGNAL)DEVELOPED BY WILLIAM ROBINSON. USED FOR DETECTION AND SIGNALLING ON MOST ALL RAILROADS.
1874 THOMAS EDISON INTRODUCES THE QUADRUPLEX TELEGRAPH.
1875 PULLMAN INTRODUCES THE PARLOR CAR.
1876 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL INVENTS THE TELEPHONE.
1877 NATIONAL RAILROAD STRIKE STRIKING RAILROAD WORKERS AT MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA SPARK OTHERS IN PENNSYLVANIA TO STRIKE, AND SOON THE STRIKE SPREADS NATIONWIDE. RAILROADS ARE SHUT DOWN FOR A WEEK, UNTIL FEDERAL TROOPS RESTORE ORDER AFTER FIRING ON THE STRIKERS, KILLING SEVERAL.
1880 MATHER INTRODUCES THE FIRST HUMANE STOCK CAR.
1880 LIMA MACHINE WORKS BUILDS THE FIRST SHAY LOCOMOTIVE.
1881 NORFOLK & WESTERN RAILROAD ORGANIZED TO HAUL COAL FROM THE POCCAHONTAS COAL SEAM.
1881 UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL COMPANY ORGANIZED AS A COMPANY.
1881 JIM CROW LAW SEGREGATES TENNESSEE RAILROADS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE BECOMES THE FIRST TO PASS LAWS THAT SEGREGATE RAILROAD PASSENGERS BY RACE. SOON MANY OTHER SOUTHERN STATES FOLLOW SUIT.
1883 STANDARD TIME ZONES ADOPTED.
1885 JANNEY AUTOMATIC COUPLER ADOPTED BY MASTER CAR BUILDERS.
1886 RICHMOND LOCOMOTIVE AND MACHINE WORKS FOUNDED.
1887 ICC(INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMISSION) IS FORMED.
1887 THE FIRST ELECTRIC RAILWAY BEGAN OPERATION IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.
1887 FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL SHIPMENT OF DECIDIOUS FRUIT FROM CALIFORNIA.
1890 PENNSYLVANIA INSTALLS AUTOMATIC SIGNALLING BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND EAST LIBERTY.
1893 THE RAILROAD SAFETY ACT PASSED BY CONGRESS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON ON MARCH 2. THIS LAW REQUIRED AIR BRAKES AND AUTOMATIC COUPLERS AMONG OTHER FEATURES.
1895 MARCONI SENDS A MESSAGE BY "RADIO".
1896 DEEPWATER RAILROAD STARTED WITH 4 MILES OF TRACK.
1899 THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY IS FORMED FROM 7 INDEPENDENT COMPANIES THAT HAD BEEN OPERATING IN HONDURAS, CENTRAL AMERICA. More details at United Fruit Company
1901 LIMA LOCOMOTIVE WORKS REORGANIZED FROM THE LIMA MACHINE WORKS
1901 AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY FORMED BY THE MERGER OF SCHENECTADY LOCOMOTIVE WORKS, BROOKS LOCOMOTIVE WORKS, DANFORTH, COOKE & CO., MACHINE COMPANY, DICKSON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, MANCHESTER LOCOMOTIVE WORKS, AND THE RICHMOND LOCOMOTIVE WORKS.
1903 FIRST TANK CAR FOR HAULING MILK BUILT, USED A GLASS LINED STEEL TANK.
1904 AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY BUILDS THE FIRST TRUE "MALLET
1905 AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY BUYS THE ROGERS LOCOMOTIVE WORKS.
1905 BROADWAY LIMITED MAKES FASTEST PASENGER TRAIN RUN ON THE PRR OF 127.06MPH.
1906 THE UPPER QUADRANT SEMAPHORE SIGNAL INTRODUCED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD.
1906 PACIFIC FRUIT EXPRESS IS ORGANIZED TO SHIP PERISHABLES FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE EASTERN MARKETS.
1907 VIRGINIAN RAILROAD INCORPORATED(WAS DEEPWATER RAILROAD)
1909 VIRGINIAN INAUGURATED PASSENGER SERVICE FROM DEEPWATER WV TO SEWALLS POINT, VA.
1910 THE PENNSYLVANIA INSTALLED A PNUEMATIC TRIP-STOP DEVICE IN THE NEW YORK TERMAINAL AREA AND THE HUDSON RIVER AND EAST RIVER TERMINALS.
1911 LADDERS, GRAB IRONS STANDARDIZED MANDATED BY FEDERAL LAW.
1915 POSITION-LIGHT SIGNALS INSTALLED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD.
1917 USRA(UNITED STATES RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION) FORMED TO OPERATE RAILROADS DURING WW1.
1918 US GOVERMENT MERGES ALL EXPRESS COMPANIES INTO -AMERICAN RAILWAY EXPRESS CO.
1920 FRUIT GROWERS EXPRESS COMPANY FORMED. STOCKHOLDING ROADS INCLUDED ACL, PRR, B&O, SOUTHERN, N&W, NH, C&EI AND OTHERS.
1920 US GOVERNMENT DISBANDS USRA RETURNS RAILROADS TO PRIVATE OWNERS.
1920 TRIAL RADIO COMMUNICATION WAS TRIED ON VGN, NYNH&H,PRR, C&O AND OTHERS. NOT ADOPTED DUE TO STATE OF ART, REGULATIONS ETC IN THAT TIME.
1922 ICC ORDERS PENNSYLVANIA TO INSTALL AUTOMATIC TRAIN STOPS ON 5 ENGINE DIVISIONS.
1923 PENNSYLVANIA INSTALLS A "CONTINUOUS INDUCTION SYSTEM" TO PROVIDE AUTOMATIC TRAIN STOP AND REPRODUCED THE WAYSIDE SIGNALS IN THE ENGINE CAB ITSELF.
1923 FRUIT GROWERS EXPRESS AND GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY FORM THE WESTERN FRUIT EXPRESS COMPANY.
1923 THE FIRST ROLLER BEARING WERE APPLIED TO THE AXLES OF GASOLINE POWERED MOTOR CARS, SOME DRIVE AXLES ON STEAM ENGINES AND SOME HOPPER AND BOX CARS.
1924 ALCO BUILDS ITS FIRST DIESEL ELECTRIC IN CO-OPERATION WITH GENERAL ELECTRIC.
1925 VIRGINIAN USED 6000 HP ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES BETWEEN MULLENS, WV & ROANOAKE, VA.
1926 FRUIT GROWERS EXPRESS AND CHICAGO BURLINGTON &QUINCY FORM THE BURLINGTON FRUIT EXPRESS.
1926 THE FIRST ROLLER BEARINGS APPLIED TO PASSENGER CARS ON THE MILWAUKEE'S PIONEER LIMITED AND OLYMPIAN TRAINS.
1928 THE FIRST SPERRY DETECTOR CAR #102 IS PUT INTO SERVICE ON THE WABASH.
1928 CARS WITH WOODEN MAIN SILLS BANNED FROM INTERCHANGE. CARS WITH TRUSS ROD UNDERFRAMES BUILT NEW OR RETROFITTED REMAIN LEGAL.
1928 UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL CONDUCTS TESTS OF I.T.C.(INDUCTIVE TRAIN COMMUNICATION).
1928 THE NATIONAL CAR COMPANY IS FORMED AS A SUBSIDIARY OF THE FGE.
1929 ALCO BUILDS FIRST SUCCESSFUL ROAD DIESEL ELECTRIC THE NYC #1550.
1929 AMERICAN RAILWAY EXPRESS COMPANY BOUGHT BY 86 RAILROADS AND REORGANIZED AS THE RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY.
1930 EMC FORMED GENERAL MOTORS BUYS WINTON ENGINE AND ELECTROMOTIVE RAILCAR CORP.
1930 B&O INTRODUCES THE BAY WINDOW CABOOSE.
1931 THE FIRST "SNOW TRAIN" OPERATED BY THE BOSTON & MAINE.
1931 BALTIMORE & OHIO INTRODUCES THE FIRST AIR-CONDITIONED TRAIN.
1931 TOTAL RAILROAD MILEAGE WAS 250,000 MILES.
1931 ARA ADOPTS THE TYPE "E" COUPLER AS RECOMMENDED PRACTICE.
1933 THE CODED TRACK CIRCUIT DEVELOPED BY THE UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL COMPANY. SIMILAR TO THE AUTOMATIC BLOCK SYSTEM, USES PULSES INSTEAD OF STEADY STATE CURRENT FLOW.
1933 AB TYPE AIR BRAKE REQUIRED ON ALL CARS BUILT AFTER 9/1/33
1933 BILLBOARD REEFERS OUTLAWED AS A VIOLATION OF THE ANTI-TRUST ACT
1933 TYPE "E" OR "F" COUPLERS REQUIRED ON ALL NEW CARS
1934 UNION PACIFIC INTRODUCES THE FIRST STREAMLINED DIESEL TRAIN-THE M-10000
1934 THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS(AAR)IS FORMED OCTOBER 12, 1934. THE CHANGE TO AAR WAS THE AMALGAMATION OF SEVERAL ENTITIES, PRINCIPALLY; THE ARA, ASSOCIATION OF RAILWAY EXECUTIVES, BUREAU OF RAILWAY ECONOMICS AND THE RAILWAY ACCOUNTING OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION.
1936 THE FIRST "DRAGGING EQUIPMENT" INDICATORS INSTALLED AT MIDWAY TOWER ON THE NYC.
1936 THE FIRST OSCILLATING HEADLIGHT DEVELOPED BY THE MARS SIGNAL LIGHT COMPANY AND THE CHICAGO & NORTHWESTERN.
1937 TYPE "H" TIGHT-LOCK COUPLERS ADOPTED AS ALTERNATIVE TO TYPE "E" ON PASSENGER CARS
1937 ALL CARS REBUILT AFTER 8/1/37 MUST HAVE TYPE "E" OR TYPE"F" COUPLERS.
1937 I.T.C.(INDUCTIVE TRAIN COMMUNICATION)SYSTEM INSTALLED ON THE B&LE RAILROAD MAIN LINES.
1937 B&O BEGINS THE FIRST STREAMLINED PASSENGER SERVICE FROM WASHINGTON DC TO NEW YORK AND TO CHICAGO.
1938 BILLBOARD REEFER VIRTUALLY GONE.
1940 ALL WOOD UNDERFRAMES OUTLAWED.
1920 I.T.C. SYSTEM INSTALLED IN CLASSIFICATION YARDS ON THE CCC&StL AND L&N.
1940 ARCH BAR TRUCKS BANNED IN INTERCHANGE AFTER 7/1/40
1941 EMD FORMED WHEN GM MERGES WINTON ENGINE AND EMC INTO ONE CORPORATION.
1942 I.T.C. SYSTEM INSTALLED IN ROANOKE YARD OF THE N&W.
1942 THE NEW YORK CENTRAL INTRODUCES THE FIRST "CLEARANCE CAR", THE X-800.
1944 SCOTCHLITE LETTERING FIRST USED BY GREAT NORTHERN
1944 THE FIRST RED/WHITE OSCILLATING LIGHT WAS DEVELOPED BY THE MARS SIGNAL LIGHT COMPANY.
1944 FAIRBANKS-MORSE ENTERS DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE BUSINESS.
1945 THE FIRST RED/WHITE PORTABLE OSCILLATING LIGHT FOR THE REAR END OF TRAINS WAS DEVELOPED BY THE MARS SIGNAL LIGHT COMPANY.
1945 WOOD WALKWAYS OUTLAWED ON NEW CARS.
1945 CB&Q BUILDS THE FIRST "VISTA-DOME" PASSENGER CAR. AN IDEA THAT WAS PATENTED IN 1891 BY T.J. MCBRIDE OF WINNEPEG CANADA BUT NEVER BUILT.
1946 "HOTBOX DETECTORS' INSTALLED ON ALL PASSENGER AND ROLLING STOCK OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL.
1947 LIMA LOCOMOTIVE & HAMILTON CORP. MERGED TO BECOME LIMA-HAMILTON.
1948 MECHANICAL REFRIGERATORS PLACED IN SERVICE BY FRUIT GROWERS EXPRESS.
1948 PLATE B CARS ADOPTED MAXIMUM HEIGHT 15'-1"
1949 REWEIGHING OF BOX, STOCK, REEFERS BEGINS AFTER 1ST 30 MOS, 48 MONTHS THEREAFTER.
1950 BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE BUYS LIMA-HAMILTON CORP. BECOMES BALDWIN-LIMA-HAMILTON.
1950 GENERAL MOTORS DIESEL LTD.(GMDL) CREATED IN CANADA, LATER CHANGED TO GENERAL MOTORS DIESEL DIVISION (GMDD)
1953 KC BRAKES BANNED FROM INTERCHANGE
1954 COMPOSITION BRAKE SHOES(COBRA)INTRODUCED
1955 INTERMODAL FREIGHT REPORTED AS A SEPARATE FREIGHT.
1955 AIRSLIDE HOPPERS INTRODUCED
1955 ALLIED FULL-CUSHION TRUCK BANNED, DUE TO DERAILMENTS
1955 TRAILER-TRAIN ORGANIZED BY PRR, N&W AND RAIL-TRAILER COMPANY.
1955 AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY BECOMES ALCO PRODUCTS INC.
1956 BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS QUITS BUILDING DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES.
1956 ICC MANDATES USE OF HEADLIGHTS DURING DAYTIME. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
1958 TRUCKS, NEW OR SECONDHAND, APPLIED TO CARS BUILT NOW ON OR AFTER 1/1/58 MUST HAVE AAR APPROVED SIDEFRAMES, FROM OWNERS. AAR APPROVED SIDEFRAMES MUST BE CAST "U" SECTION WITH INTEGRAL JOURNAL PEDESTALS. CAST STEEL TRUCK SIDE FRAMES HAVING "T", "I" OR "L" SECTION COMPRESSION OR TENSION MEMBERS, PROHIBITED UNDER ALL CARS IN INTERCHANGE. TRUCKS, WITH ARCH BARS, PROHIBITED UNDER ALL CARS, LOCOMOTIVE CRANES, LOCOMOTIVE TENDERS AND DERRICKS IN INTERCHANGE.
1958 CAST IRON WHEELS BANNED FROM SERVICE
1959 WELDED ALUMINUM WITHOUT CENTER SILL INTRODUCED
1959 HYDROCUSHION UNDERFRAMES INTRODUCED
1959 85 FOOT FLATCARS WITH KINGPIN HITCH INTRODUCED
1960 TRI-LEVEL AUTORACKS INTRODUCED BY TRAILER-TRAIN
1960 SOUTHERN RAILWAY INTRODUCES UNIT-TRAIN COAL SERVICE.
1960 GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. INTRODUCES IT'S FIRST DIESEL THE U25B
1962 ELECTRIC OPERATION ENDS ON THE N&W(EX VIRGINIAN)
1963 HI-CUBE BOX CARS USED ON THE L&N
1963 FAIRBANKS-MORSE QUITS BUILDING DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES.
1963 PLATE C CARS ADOPTED, MAXIMUM HEIGHT 15'-6"
1964 ABD BRAKE VALVE INTRODUCED
1966 ROOF WALKS ALLOWED TO BE REMOVED BY THE ICC. 1974 SET AS TARGET DATE FOR REMOVAL OF ALL ROOF WALKS AND HIGH HAND BRAKES.
1966 NEW FREIGHT CARS ORDERED AFTER 4/66 AND/OR DELIVERED AFTER 10/66 WERE REQUIRED TO BE BUILT WITHOUT ROOFWALKS AND WITH LOW HAND BRAKES.
1966 THE US DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION AND FEDERAL RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION(FRA) CAME INTO EXISTENCE UNDER PUBLIC LAW 89-670.
1966 C.O.T.S. INTRODUCED BY AAR, RULE 60, APPLIES TO AIR BRAKES ONLY. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
1967 THRALL INTRODUCES THE ALL-DOOR BOXCAR
1968 ACI LABELS MANDATED BY AAR TO BE INSTALLED NO LATER THAN 1970. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
1969 ALCO PRODUCTS INC. LEAVES THE DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE BUSINESS.
1969 MONTREAL LOCOMOTIVE WORKS BUYS RIGHTS TO MANUFACTURE ALCO DESIGNS IN CANADA.
1970 CAST IRON WHEELS BANNED FROM INTERCHANGE
1970 NEW BOXCARS NOW BEING BUILT WITHOUT ROOF WALKS.
1971 AMTRAK FORMED, BEGINS SERVICE FOR PASSENGER TRAINS.
1972 ROLLER BEARINGS REQUIRED FOR ALL CARS HAVING 6-1/2" BY 11" JOURNALS
1972 C.O.T.S. REVISED, APPLIES TO NEW AND REBUILT CARS ONLY. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
1973 FIRST ENCLOSED TRI-LEVEL AUTORACKS INTRODUCED
1974 ALL CARS HAVING AN AXLE LOADING GREATER THAN 55,000 LBS MUST HAVE ROLLER BEARINGS
1974 C.O.T.S. REVISED, APPLIES TO NEW, REBUILT AND EXISTING CARS. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
1974 THE BOXCAR POOL "RAILBOX" IS FORMED.
1974 TARGET DATE FOR BEGINNING REMOVAL OF ROOF WALKS.
1974 PLATE E CARS ADOPTED, MAXIMUM HEIGHT 15'-9"
1974 PLATE G CARS ADOPTED, MAXIMUM HEIGHT 17'-0"
1975 PLATE H CARS ADOPTED, MAXIMUM HEIGHT 20'-2"
1976 CONTRASTING STEP EDGES AND HANDRAILS MANDATED BY FRA. TO BE COMPLETE BY 1979.
1976 ABWD BRAKE VALVE INTRODUCED BY WABCO
1976 US GOVERMENT FORMS CONRAIL(CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION)
1977 THE LAST RPO TRAIN IS OPERATED.
1978 U-1 WHEEL INSPECTION PLATES(white/yellow dots) REQUIRED ON ALL CARS OF LESS THAN 70 TONS AND 33" WHEELS. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
1978 ACI LABELS DROPPED AS NOT PRACTICAL
1978 JUMBO TANKERS REQUIRED TO HAVE SHELF TYPE COUPLERS
1978 HEAD SHIELDS REQUIRED ON ALL LPG AND ANHYDROUS AMMONIA TANKERS
1978 FOOTBOARD REMOVAL ON LOCOMOTIVES WAS REQUIRED BY THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AS OF SEPTEMBER 1978.
1979 ACI LABELS NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR INTERCHANGE
1980 FRA REQUIRES SAFETY PLATE GLASS(MISSLE GLAZING) ON ALL GLASS. SOME ROADS CHOSE TO PLATE OVER WINDOWS NOT REQUIRED FOR OPERATION. EXAMPLES ARE THE CABOOSE SIDE WINDOWS AND THE SMALL WINDOWS ON THE GE UNITS.
1980 STAGGERS RAIL ACT REDUCES THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION'S REGULATORY JURISDICTION
1981 U-1 WHEEL INSPECTION(white/yellow dots) DECLARED COMPLETE
1982 WALKWAYS BANNED ON BOX CARS/REEFERS IN INTERCHANGE
1982 RAILROADS BEGAN REMOVAL OF CLASSIFICATION LIGHTS.
1982 C.O.T.S. REVISED, INSPECTION AND RECONDITIONED DATES ELIMINATED. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION
1984 MONTREAL LOCOMOTIVE QUITS BUILDING DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES.
1989 CAPACITY STENCILS NO LONGER REQUIRED.
1991 ALL TANK CARS IN HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SERVICE MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH JOURNAL ROLLER BEARINGS AND MAY NOT BE EQUIPPED WITH PLAIN BEARINGS."
1995 ALL CARS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH JOURNAL ROLLER BEARINGS AND MAY NOT BE EQUIPPED WITH PLAIN BEARINGS."
1996 CONRAIL SOLD TO PRIVATE RAILROADS NS, CSX AND OTHERS.
1996 AEI "FET'" TAGS REQUIRED ON ALL CARS IN INTERCHANGE.
1996 ICC(INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMISSION) IS REPLACED BY THE STB(SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD)
THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTORS:
S. Kip Farrington, Jr.
Matthews, Jim
Eager, Jim
Chatfield, D. Scott
Kaminski, Ed
O'Connor, Tim
S.A. McCall