Job whale done as Dutch train lifted to safety
The train smashed through buffers at the end of the line at Spijkenisse near Rotterdam early on Monday and was left suspended 10 metres above the ground, propped up only by the huge silver monument.
"It took some more time than we actually wanted to," Carly Gorter, spokesperson for the Rotterdam-Rijnmond safety region, told AFP at the scene.
"It is because we couldn't really see what was under there (the carriage) and we found some things that we didn't calculate so that was a safety risk."
Some superficial damage could be seen on the 20-year-old sculpture, which stands in a local park and is coincidentally named "Saved by the Whale's Tail".
The driver of the train was unhurt in the incident and there were no passengers on board at the time.