Stopping Between Signals: The 1990 Rüsselsheim S-Bahn Collision


The location of Rüsselsheim in Europe.
The site of the accident seen from above today. Note that roads and buildings changed since the accident.

The trains involved

DB 420 210, the eastbound train involved, photographed in 1986.

The accident


Wing signals showing stop (left) and go (right) on a branch line in southern Germany.
The site of the accident today, the layout of the tracks remains the same.
Two modernized series 420 trains photographed near Munich in December 2020.
A small memorial near the site reminds passersby of the accident.



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