1Train shot across terrace after failing to brake
2World's deadliest high speed train accident
3World's most fatal rail disaster when train is hit by tsunami
The train, known locally as the Queen of the Sea Line, was a regular service train operating between the cities of Colombo and Galle. On Sunday, December 26, 2004 it left Colombo shortly after 6:55 A.M. with between 1,000 and 1,500 paid passengers and an unknown number of unpaid passengers.
At 9:30 A.M., in the village of Peraliya, near Telwatta, the beach was hit by the first of the huge waves thrown up by the earthquake, which had recently struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The train came to a halt as water surged around it. Hundreds of local people, believing the train to be secure on the rails, climbed on top of the train to avoid being swept away. Others stood behind it, hoping the train would take the force of the water. The wave caused flooding in the carriages and began to cause panic amongst the passengers. The next, much larger, wave picked the train up and smashed it against the trees and houses which lined the track, crushing those seeking shelter behind it. The eight carriages were so packed with people that the doors could not be opened, and they filled with water, drowning almost everyone inside as the water washed over the wreckage several more times. Estimations based on the state of the shoreline and a high-water mark on a nearby building place the tsunami 7.5 to 9 meters above sea level and 2 to 3 meters higher than the top of the train.
4Train stolen and crashed into a house
Luckily no one except the unidentified woman was hurt. It was early in the morning so there were no other passengers on the train and no one in the house was in the line of fire.
NOTE: It was determined later that the train wasn't stolen. The cleaner accidentally turned it on while cleaning the cab and couldn't work out how to turn it off.
5Unstoppable train caused bridge to collapse
The driver of the Ramsgate train was acquitted of manslaughter charges after two trials. The Ministry of Transport report found that he had failed to slow after passing two caution signals so he was unable to stop at the danger signal, concluding that an automatic warning system would have prevented the collision.
6Train collision in India
7Train wreck caused by drag race
Two Fonda, Johnstown, & Gloversville cars suffered embarrassment after unsuccessfully contesting track space in the Gloversville (N.Y.) yard.
8Miraculous train derailment with only one casualty
But on a cold, rainy evening in February 2007, the peace at a farmland near to the tiny village of Grayrigg was shattered when a Virgin Pendolino London to Glasgow express train derailed on the West Coast Main Line. In just a few seconds, eight carriages of the Class 390 tilting train were derailed and 86 passengers and two crew of the 105 people aboard were injured as the 95 mph locomotive came off the rails and carriages scattered down an earth embankment.
One person died, 84-year-old Margaret ‘Peggy' Masson, who survived the initial impact but died later in hospital.