That time a whale’s tail saved an empty metro train and its driver from crashing

The end of the metro line, with the two whale tails (image by Quistnix at nl.wikipedia, reduced in size, and shared via CC-BY-SA-2.5 licence)

The story goes that in 2020, a metro train crashed through a buffer stop in Rotterdam and would have fallen 10 metres to the ground had it not been for a whale sculpture built on the sidings. The driver escaped unharmed and its sculptor Maarten Struijs, said he was surprised it held together.

Train related: a train moving at safer, much more glacial pace

(via Atlas Obscura)

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