Fatal Fit: The 1961 Hamburg S-Bahn Disaster


The location of Hamburg relative to other cities in Europe.
The site of the accident seen from above, the train came from the north (top of the image).

The trains involved

An ET 170-train identical to the one involved in the accident, photographed in 1960.

The accident

The leading car after the crash, the flatbed car’s frame and cargo are bulging the walls.


Police officers and firefighters using ropes to lower patients down the embankment.
Mister Messer headed into court in 1963, trying to shield himself from the journalists.
DB 470 128, one of two operational ET 170s left and the last one to have been in service, photographed in Hamburg in November 2018.

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