Montparnasse derailment

The Montparnasse derailment occurred at 16:00 on 22 October 1895. The Granville–Paris Express overran the buffer stop at its terminus. The locomotive fell onto the Place de Rennes below. A woman in the street below was killed by falling masonry.

About Montparnasse derailment in brief

Summary Montparnasse derailmentThe Montparnasse derailment occurred at 16:00 on 22 October 1895. The Granville–Paris Express overran the buffer stop at its terminus. The locomotive fell onto the Place de Rennes below, where it stood on its nose. A woman in the street below was killed by falling masonry. Two passengers, the fireman, two guards and a passerby were also injured. The train had left Granville on time at 08: 45, but was several minutes late as it approached the station.

The wreckage remained outside the station for several days and a number of photographs were taken. The Lévy and Sons photograph, which appears at the top of this article, has become one of the most famous in transportation history. It is featured on the album covers for Lean Into It by American rock band Mr. Big and Scrabbling at the Lock by Dutch rock band The Ex with Tom Cora.