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- 1830 – Ground is broken in Charleston, South Carolina, for the first railroad to use steam locomotives in South Carolina.
- 1871 – The government of Victoria, Australia, reopens Essendon railway station, Melbourne, for service.
- 1882 – The first train from Cincinnati, on the Cincinnati Northern Railway, departs for Dayton, Ohio.
- 1899 – Hull Electric purchases the Aylmer–Hull, Quebec line which it had been operating under a lease agreement from Canadian Pacific Railway.
- 1994 – Chicago Transit Authority closes the Chicago "L" Green Line for a linewide renovation and rehabilitation project.
- 2003 – Following its purchase of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and its subsidiaries, operations begin on the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway in New England, Quebec and New Brunswick.
- 1843 – William Hedley, English engineer who designed and built Puffing Billy in cooperation with Timothy Hackworth (b. 1773).
- 1917 – Frank W. Arnold, a Grand Master and Secretary-Treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (b. 1851).
- ARHS Railway Museum. "Railway History in Victoria 1839–1900". Retrieved January 4, 2007.
- "Significant dates in Ottawa railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. December 18, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2007.
- "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. November 28, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2007.
- "Today in Science History: January 9 - Deaths". Retrieved January 4, 2007.
- McNamee, John F. (January 15, 1917). "Death of Frank W. Arnold, Past Grand Master and Former Secretary and Treasurer". Locomotive Firemen's and Enginemen's Magazine. Vol. 62 no. 2. pp. 5–6 – via Archive.org.