Miélan railway accident

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In the railway accident in Miélan on August 1, 1922, two pilgrims collided near the southern French community of Miélan . 40 people died.

the accident

Two pilgrim trains drove one behind the other on a route operated by the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Midi to Lourdes, one block apart . The one in front had a problem with its compressed air supply because a pump was not working properly. This initially caused the locomotive's sand spreader to fail, causing it to remain on an incline. But the train's brakes did not work properly either, so the train backed downhill. Here he met the following pilgrimage. The trains collided and 40 people died.


  • Peter WB Semmens: Disasters on the rails. A worldwide documentation. Transpress, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-344-71030-3 .

Individual evidence

  1. Semmens, p. 64.