Sunday, March 11, 2012

Reality In Black And White

the original photo which inspired the 3D version of Hugo's nightmare.
The accident occurred in 1895 at whenLe Gare Montparnasse was the Gare du l'Ouest. The Granville -ParisExpress rail engine 120-721 failed to stop  and overran the buffer stop. 
The engine careened across almost 100 feet of station concourse, crashed through a 2 foot thick brick wall, shot across a terrace and sailed out of the station, plummeting
onto the Place de Rennes, 33 feet below, where it stood on its nose. 
Fortunately, there wereno fatalities or, miraculously, no really serious injuries!

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