Schiedam train disaster

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Coordinates: 51°55′36″N 4°23′48″E / 51.92655°N 4.39657°E / 51.92655; 4.39657

Schiedam train disaster
A Stoptrein collided with an international D-train on the morning of 4 May 1976 near Schiedam
A Stoptrein collided with an international D-train on the morning of 4 May 1976 near Schiedam
Date 4 May 1976
Time 7.54 (CET)
Location Near Schiedam
Country Netherlands
Rail line Hoekse Lijn
Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Cause Error by the chief conductor
and the driver of Stoptrein 4116,
lack of ATB
Statistics
Trains D215 Rhine Express boat train
Stoptrein 4116
Deaths 24[1]
Injuries several tens, 5 severe

The Schiedam train disaster took place in the Netherlands on 4 May 1976 near the station Schiedam Rotterdam-West.[2][3] The international Rhine Express boat train (D-train D215) from Hook of Holland, which left for Munich and was hauled by NS Class 1300 electric locomotive no. 1311 Best collided with a train of the then new sprinter type,[4] (trainset 2008 of Stoptrein 4116) coming from Rotterdam. The collision caused the deaths of 24 people[1] (in the forward carriage of the 2008), 5 severe casualties and several tens of less severely injured.

The disaster was the second major train crash near Schiedam, following the first major train accident in the Netherlands, which happened on 10 August 1856 and caused 3 deaths.[5]

Additional reading[edit]

  • (Dutch) Duin, Menno Joost van. (1992) Van rampen leren : een vergelijkend onderzoek naar de lessen uit spoorwegongevallen, hotelbranden en industriële ongelukken. The Hague: Haagse Drukkerij en Uitgeversmij. ISBN 90-71504-15-8.
  • (Dutch) Jongerius, R.T. (1993) Spoorwegongevallen in Nederland, 1839-1993. Haarlem: Schuyt & Co. Part 22 of the book range of the NVBS. ISBN 90-6097-341-0.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ramp Schiedam 24 omgekomen". Amigoe di Curacao (in Dutch). May 5, 1976. p. 1. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Treinramp bij Schiedam". Amigoe di Curacao (in Dutch). May 4, 1976. p. 1. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "De treinramp van Schiedam, 35 jaar later". RTV Rijnmond (in Dutch). May 4, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bij treinramp zeker 20 reizigers omgekomen". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). May 4, 1976. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Eerste treinramp met doden ook bij Schiedam". Dagblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). May 1, 2004. p. 6. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 

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