Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Montparnasse derailment

4 PM on October 22, 1895... Gare de Montparnasse.

Montparnasse derailment

An express train overruns a buffer stop due to the driver approaching the station too fast and Westinghouse air brake failure, and crosses about 30 metres of concourse before plummeting through a window.

One person in a shop below is crushed by the falling engine. The locomotive remains outside the station for several days and a number of photographs are taken.

Montparnasse derailment

...An imitation of the Montparnasse derailment has been built outside the Mundo a Vapor museum theme park in Canela, Brazil.