- December 14
- 1794 – Erastus Corning, who established railroads in New York and was instrumental in the formation of New York Central, is born (d. 1872).
- 1896 – The Glasgow Subway (pictured), the third oldest metro system in the world, begins operations in Glasgow, Scotland.
- 1906 – John D. Spreckels announces he will form the San Diego and Arizona Railway Company and build a 148-mile (238 km) line between San Diego and El Centro, California. Spreckels has an agreement with the Southern Pacific Railroad to silently fund the project.
- 1953 – Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway discontinues extra-fare charges on the El Capitan passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.