Train wreck

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Versailles rail accident in 1842, 55 people were killed including the French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville.
Wheels from Engine Tender #01poo 3 which was destroyed in a wreck in 1907 on a bridge over Village Creek between Silsbee and Beaumont, Texas. The wheels are on display in the Arizona Railway Museum.

A train wreck or train crash is a type of disaster involving one or more trains. Train wrecks often occur as a result of miscommunication, as when a moving train meets another train on the same track; or an accident, such as when a train wheel jumps off a track in a derailment; or when a boiler explosion occurs. Train wrecks have often been widely covered in popular media and in folklore.

A head-on collision between two trains is colloquially called a "cornfield meet" in the United States.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Aldrich, Mark. Death Rode the Rails: American Railroad Accidents and Safety, 1828-1965 (2006) excerpt

External links[edit]

  • BBC News: World's worst rail disasters
  • A signalman (1874). A voice from the signal-box: or, railway accidents and their causes . London: Longmans, Green, & Co.