22 October 1895: Train Wreck at Montparnasse

“The Gare Montparnasse became famous for the derailment on 22 October 1895 of the Granville–Paris Express, which overran the buffer stop. The engine careered across the station concourse, crashed through a thick wall, shot across a terrace and smashed out of the station, plummeting onto the Place de Rennes. Two of the 131 passengers sustained injuries, along with the fireman and two conductors. A woman on the street below was killed by falling masonry. A conductor was given a 25-franc fine and the engine driver a 50-franc fine.”

- Wikipedia

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  1. Jen in Oz

    My son the gunzel has a poster of one of these pictures (I think possibly the first or maybe the 2nd-last one) with “Oh Sh*t!” printed above it. He’s into trains.

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