Getå Railroad Disaster

In 1918 F 1200 was involved in the severe accident at Getå when passenger train 422 was derailed and hurled down a high embankment built against the mountainside along the sea.

41 people were killed in this disaster, which is the worst in Swedish railway history. The engine, however, could be repared, and is still in existence, preserved at the Railway museum in Gävle.

In the afternoon of 1 October 1918, the train between Norrkoping and Stockholm with an engine and seven carriages fell down a slope by Geta on the Braviken shore. The three last carriages in the train remained on the embankment. Of the approximately 125 passengers and personnel on the train, 41 persons died.

The Getå Railroad Disaster (Swedish: Järnvägsolyckan i Getå) was a train disaster caused by a landslide in Getå, a town that is now part of the municipality of Norrköping on 1 October 1918. To date, it is the worst rail accident in Swedish history.

The derailment occurred when the layers of collodial clay and gravel in the embankment that had been cut into the hill gave way. Shortly afterwards, a mixed train consisting of a locomotive and ten cars came down the tracks, falling down the embankment and landing on the road below. Of the passengers and crew onboard that night, 41 people were injured and at least 42 were killed or died later from injuries sustained in the crash. It is unclear how many died in the derailment compared to those who died in the blaze that followed it. Many of the passengers were burned alive as the unreinforced wooden cars caught fire, killing those who had survived the crash itself but were still trapped in the wreckage.