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The Gare de Lyon is one of Paris’ three main passenger stations, located in the 12th Arrondissement in the east of the French capital, 129km/80mi west-southwest of Reims and 19km/12mi east of Versailles (both measurements in linear distance).


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Niklasdorf is a municipality of 2365 people (as of January 2021) in central Austria, located in the federal state of Styria 41km/25mi north of Graz and 127km/79mi southwest of Vienna (both measurements in linear distance).


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Great Heck is a small village of 201 people (2011 census) in North Yorkshire in the northeast of England. Located 247km/153.5mi north of London and 31.5km/19.5mi east-southeast of Leeds (both measured in linear distance) the town has no train station on its own but relies mainly on the M62 motorway, which runs just north of Great Heck, for its traffic. It’s part of the district of Selby, leading to this accident also being referred to as the Selby Train Crash.


Please Note: The sources to this were relatively scarce and pretty much all in French, a language I don’t know at all. I did my best with translation software, but it’s possible that some errors slipped through. I apologize for those.

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The Rochers de Naye is a 2042m/6699ft high mountain in the Swiss Alps, located in the Canton of Vaud in the southwest of Switzerland 5km/3mi east of Montreux and 61km/38mi southwest of Thun (both measurements in linear distance).


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Bramberg am Wildkogel (“Bramberg by the Wildkogel”, referring to the nearby 2225m/7300ft mountain) is a town of 3957 people (as of January 2021) in western Austria, located 34km/21mi west of Zell am See and 20.5km/13mi south of Kitzbühel (both measurements in linear distance).


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Rüningen is the one of the southernmost districts of the city of Brunswick Braunschweig). It’s located in the federal state of lower Saxony, 4km/2.5mi south-southwest of downtown Braunschweig and 35km/22mi north of Goslar. The district is home to the Rüningen Mill, a wheat mill with a maximal daily throughput of 1200 metric tons standing in the same spot a mill has been since at least 1312.


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Eckwersheim is a town of 1339 people (as of January 2018) in the northeast of France, located in the administrative region of Grand Est (at the time of the accident called Alsace) 11km/7mi north of Strasbourg on the German border and 39km/24mi southwest of the German city of Baden-Baden (both measurements in linear distance).


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Berajondo is a town of 61 people (as of 2016) in the northeast-Australian federal state of Queensland, and is located 98km/61mi south-southeast of Gladstone and 63km/39mi northwest of Bundaberg (both measurements in linear distance).


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Buizingen is a town of 6502 people (as of January 2020) on the northern edge of the city of Halle (or “Hal” in French) in central Belgium. The town is located in the Flemish Region of Belgium, 12km/7.5mi south of Brussels and 93km/58mi west of Liège.


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Osterath (pronounced as “Osterat”, without the h) is the westernmost district of the city of Meerbusch in western Germany, loosing its status as an independent town in 1970. It’s situated in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the far west of Germany, 42km/26mi north-west of Cologne, the federal state’s largest city, and 12km/7.5mi west-northwest of Düsseldorf. The border to the Netherlands is located just 30km/19mi to the west (all measurements in linear distance). …

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