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‘A Train in the Street’

Posted by Jen on Thursday, 17 May, 2007

I posted this postcard in my postcard journal last month. The description on the back was simply ‘A train in the street, October 22, 1895’.

But then I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret (see previous entry) and there was the same picture, along with a description of what happened.

A train had come into the station too fast. The brakes had failed, and the train slammed through the guardrail, jumped off the tracks, barreled across the floor of the station, rammed through two walls, and flew out the window, shattering the glass into a billion pieces. (from The Invention of Hugo Cabret, pp.380-381)

There were only five serious injuries, plus one fatality – a woman newsvendor, filling in for her husband.


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