HUGSTETTEN RAIL DISASTER: Eisenbahnkatastrophe zwischen Freiburg u. Hugstetten 3. Sptbr. 1882 [Rail Disaster between Freiburg and Hugstetten on September 3rd, 1882].
A rare, seemingly unrecorded lithographed broadside, made in Freiburg, Germany, showcases the biggest German rail disaster of the late 19th century.
Author: G. PHILLIPS, draft.
Place and Year: Freiburg am Breisgau, Germany: Michael Wachter 1882.
Technique: Lithography in sepia (slightly age-toned, verso reinforced with Japanese paper with tiny restored holes and tears mostly in the upper part, otherwise in a good condition) 58 x 22,5 cm (22.8 x 8.9 inches).
A rare large broadside shows a Hugstetten rail disaster, the deadliest train accident in German history until 1939. The broadside shows the derailed locomotive, standing in a swamp parallel to the demolished carriages.
The accident occurred on the railway line between Freiburg im Breisgau and Breisach am Rhein on 3 September 1882, on Sunday, when more than 2000 people visited Freiburg for a holiday Day of Sedan. 64 people were killed and some 230 seriously injured.
The lithographer Michael Wachter (1841 – 1907) was a German lithographer and calligrapher, active in Freiburg im Breisgau between 1869 and 1900. He was mostly known after his lithographed postcards, as such large elaborate lithographs by Wachter are extremely rare.
We could not trace any other examples of this lithography in institutions worldwide.