Montparnasse Derailment: When A Train Went Through A Station's Walls

A dramatic snapshot photograph of a derailed steam locomotive at Montparnasse Station, Paris, taken by an unknown photographer. Source: (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

You know what they say about train wrecks---we can't look away---and this now-iconic French photograph of a train dangling from a building has inspired double-takes for more than 100 years. The fact that the Montparnasse derailment, as the accident has become known, somehow managed to avoid killing a single person onboard is as amazing as the sheer sight of it. Let's take a closer look at this bizarre incident.