Blame the New Guy: The 1992 Holthusen Train Collision


The location of Holthusen in Europe.
The site of the accident seen from above today. A small part of the siding is still visible to the left of the marker.

The trains involved

DB series 143 620, the locomotive involved in the accident, photographed in March 1992. 2 years after reunification some locomotives still wore the GDR’s paint scheme.
A DR series V60 (by then renumbered series 106 before becoming DB 346) photographed in 1981, showing the distinctive color in a condition that justified the nickname.

The accident

The only photo of the aftermath. Note the bodywork-piece of the shunting locomotive in the center.


Most of the locomotives’ wrecks sitting next to the tracks during recovery 4 days after the accident.
The abandoned station building in 2009, seen from the level crossing.
A repainted series 346 with “Baltic Port Rail”-signs for Sassnitz Harbor photographed in November 2020.
A group of series 143 standing in line to be broken up for scrap.

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