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- January 20
- 1870 – The Elizabeth City and Norfolk Railroad, which later became the original Norfolk Southern Railroad, is chartered to build a railroad line between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
- 1951 – Canadian Pacific Railway's eastbound The Dominion passenger train hits a truck at a level crossing in Ottawa; most of the train remains on the rails, but the engineer is fatally burned in the derailment.
- 1954 – The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, the second line in the system and the first built after World War II, is opened (pictured) between Ikebukuro and Ochanomizu stations.
- 1960 – The Cartier Railway opens Canada's northernmost railway to date between Port Cartier and Gagnon, Quebec.
- "Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area: 1951, January 20 - Canadian Pacific, Churchill Avenue, Ottawa". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. Retrieved January 20, 2006.
- "Significant dates in Canadian railway history". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. August 16, 2005. Retrieved January 20, 2006.