‘RAIN’ brings together details of some of the world’s railway accidents and safety related incidents.  Many entries have been sourced via the media, with further detail added (where available) from the relevant investigation bodies. Opinions – where quoted – obviously do not necessarily reflect those of RSSB. Furthermore, the entries in each report represent the earliest versions of ‘what happened’; as such, they are not the ‘last word’ that an official investigation would go on to make. Nevertheless, the information presented in the report can provide useful food for thought for rail operators and maintainers.