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I have made a series of Google Maps of train crash sites covering 114 years of rail service worldwide and hundreds of crash site locations. Check them out at:


Each location links to an online resource such as the media, Wikipedia article or government rail accident report describing the event and enables you to see the actual site involved depending on the amount of information available to locate the exact spot. While some are an approximation due to vague published information,most locations were found and confirmed via available photos that enabled me to match up the photographed scene with the Google Map location. In addition, the map comes with a 3D Google Earth KML file that enables you to walk the map in 3D.

The maps I created to date cover:
-- 2010 through 2013
-- 1830 to 1930
-- 1930-1949

It appears to me that there have been as many rail accidents in the last 4 years as there were in the first 100 years of rail service despite all the rail technology advancements.

Some interesting crash sites in the last four years include:

--Six different trains were struck by the Fukushima tsunmai, and you can see where the trains were at the time and how much damage was done to the surrounding area in the Google Map.
--In Buenos Aires there were four separate accidents on the same rail line, two at one location, and two at another in separate years.
India, clearly has a rail problem in that it has had a great many accidents in northern populated areas.
--The Saltsjöbanan and Forest Park accidents involve run-away unoccupied trains without an engineer.
--There were two accidents in Badrashin, one of which involved angry passengers of a delayed train, derailing the offending passing train, beating up it's engineer and burning the train.
Other accidents involved mudslides and cement trucks falling on a train from the bridge above.

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