On This Day
22 October 1895 Derailment at Gare Montparnasse
The Gare Montparnasse in Paris became famous for the derailment 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.
© ullstein bild - Roger-Viollet
See more images of the accident and the train wreck here