Winsum train collision

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Winsum train disaster
Commemorative gate near the site of the disaster, a day after the remembrance ceremony in 2005
Commemorative gate near the site of the disaster, a day after the remembrance ceremony in 2005
Winsum train collision is located in Netherlands
Winsum train collision
Location within Netherlands
Date 25 July 1980
Location Winsum, Groningen
Coordinates 53°19′4″N 6°31′41″E / 53.31778°N 6.52806°E / 53.31778; 6.52806
Country Netherlands
Rail line Sauwerd–Roodeschool railway
Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Type of incident Head-on-collision
Statistics
Trains 2
Deaths 9
Injuries 21

The Winsum train disaster took place on 25 July 1980 near Winsum in the Dutch province of Groningen. 9 people died and 21 were injured.[1]

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.[2]

The true cause of the disaster never became clear.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Onderzoek treinramp met negen doden over enkele weken afgerond, Leeuwarder Courant, 26 July 1980
  2. ^ (Dutch) Ravage verstoort beeld van het vriendelijke boemeltje, Leeuwarder Courant, 26 July 1980
  3. ^ (Dutch) Winsum herdenkt na 25 jaar eindelijk treinramp, Leeuwarder Courant, 25 July 2005

Coordinates: 53°19′3.9″N 6°31′41.66″E / 53.317750°N 6.5282389°E / 53.317750; 6.5282389