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- August 16
- 1890 – C. P. Couch, president of Kansas City Southern Railway 1939-1941, is born (d. 1955).
- 1918 – Grand Trunk Railway's freight sheds in Ottawa are destroyed by fire; the loss is estimated at $85,000.
- 1984 – The first full revenue Chicago and North Western Railway coal train leaves the Powder River Basin with a load from the North Antelope Mine.
- 2001 – After a complete restoration, Canadian Pacific 2816 (pictured), a 4-6-4 steam locomotive, operates under its own power for the first time in nearly 40 years.