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Railway remembers Stonehaven

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Stations around Scotland, as well as elsewhere in the UK, fell silent on Wednesday 19 August 2020 to remember those who lost their lives and all others who were affected by the derailment at Carmont, near Stonehaven, exactly one week earlier.

One minute’s silence was held at 09:43 – the time the incident was reported on Wednesday 12 August 2020 – to mark the passing of Brett McCullough, Donald Dinnie, and Christopher Stuchbury.

Stations managed in England and Wales by Network Rail and ScotRail franchise holder Abellio also fell silent, as did a number of others.

In Northern Ireland, often seen as a different railway to Great Britain’s (different gauge, different island, different operators), Translink tweeted: “Our stations will fall silent at 9.43 this Wednesday morning in memory of the ScotRail  staff & passenger, who lost their lives in the tragic accident at Stonehaven. Our staff will be able to observe the silence in support of our railway colleagues in Scotland & Great Britain.”

At Aberdeen station, where the three men who lost their lives were based, managing director of Scotland’s Railway Alex Hynes was joined at a memorial service by the families of Brett McCullough, Donald Dinnie and Christopher Stuchbury, representatives from the emergency services, ASLEF and RMT trade unions, Transport Scotland, and local elected representatives. A wreath was laid to remember those who lost their lives.

Alex Hynes, Scotland’s Railway.

Speaking at teh memorial service, Alex Hynes said: “Today is a very sombre day for Scotland’s Railway. We will mourn the passing of Brett, Donald, Christopher, and the tragic events of last week, for a long time to come.

“Our hearts remain broken, but, together with our railway family, the local community, and people across the country, we will support their family, friends, and one another through this terrible time.”

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