Friday, 2 August 2013
The Montparnasse Derailment, Paris, France.
The Montparnasse derailment occurred at 4 pm on 22 October 1895 when the Granville – Paris Express hulled by steam locomotive number 721 overran the buffer stop at the Gare Montparnasse Terminal in Paris. With the train several minutes late and the driver trying to make up for lost time, it entered the station too fast and the trains air brake failed. After running through the buffer stop, the train crossed the station concourse and crashed through the station wall before falling onto the Place de Rennes below, where it stood on its nose. The train was outside the station in this position for several days.