On this day 112 years ago a Parisian train driver had a really bad day at work. He was responsible for an incredible transport incident, the resulting wreckage of which was captured on film and has become one of the most iconic images ever.

In 1895 the train travelling from Granville to La Gare Montparnasse in Paris was losing time, so the driver decided to put his foot down, (or whatever they do to made trains go faster), but when he got to the end of the line, in a scene reminiscent of a silent movie, the brake broke and chaos ensued. The runaway train ploughed through the buffer stop, careered across 100ft of the station concourse, smashed though a 2ft thick stone wall then, still skidding forward under the momentum of it's tremendous weight, crashed through the exterior wall and plummeted 33ft onto the avenue below. It sounds more like an elaborate stunt from a bad movie, but it actually happened.

To see more iconic images that aren't quite as disastrous, take a look at our black and white greeting cards  from the classic Exposure range.

Montparnasse Disaster

Posted: October 22 / 2012

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