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January 11- The Boston and Maine Railroadruns its first “Snow Train” for skiers and other winter vacationers.
* June - The
County Donegal Railways Joint Committeein Ireland (3 ft (914 mm) gauge) introduces the first diesel engined railcarto enter regular passenger service in the British Isles. [cite book|author=Patterson, Edward M.|title=The County Donegal Railways|date=1969|publisher=David & Charles|location=Newton Abbot|isbn=0-7153-4376-9]
June 10- The German rail zeppelin( Schienenzeppelin), an experimental propeller driven railcar, sets up a new world railway speed record of 230 km/h on its way from Hamburgto Berlinwhich was not surpassed by any other train for 24 years.
June 13- Switzerland's Brienz Rothorn Bahn mountain railwayreopens after a 17-year stoppage due to World War I.
September 12- Just outside Bucharest, a bomb planted by a Hungarian Fascistdestroys a section of the Biotobargy Viaduct, plunging the Orient Expressinto the ravine below. Twenty people are killed. Entertainer Josephine Baker, one of the surviving passengers, gives an impromptu concert to calm other survivors.
November 12- The Smithsonian Institutioncommemorates the 100th birthday of the "John Bull" by operating its mechanism with compressed air.
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Ernest Lemonsucceeds Sir Henry Fowleras Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
Unknown date births
Nelson W. Bowers, president of the National Railway Historical Society( 1983- 1987) (d. 2004).
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