Winsum train collision
Commemorative gate near the site of the disaster, a day after the remembrance ceremony in 2005
|Date||25 July 1980|
|Rail line||Sauwerd–Roodeschool railway|
|Type of incident||Head-on-collision|
The accident took place on a single track between Sauwerd and Roodeschool which did not have ATB or signals, instead the drivers were informed by radio where other trains on the tracks were, which was a less reliable system that relied on trust.
In the early foggy morning of 25 July the driver of commuter train 8726 departed from Winsum railway station. Because of the fog he could not see the other train (8713) coming from Sauwerd, which the traffic controllers had warned him about and they told him to wait departing from Winsum until it had passed. Both trains collide head on.
The true cause of the disaster never became clear.
- (Dutch) Onderzoek treinramp met negen doden over enkele weken afgerond, Leeuwarder Courant, 26 July 1980
- (Dutch) Ravage verstoort beeld van het vriendelijke boemeltje, Leeuwarder Courant, 26 July 1980
- (Dutch) Winsum herdenkt na 25 jaar eindelijk treinramp, Leeuwarder Courant, 25 July 2005
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