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Railway falls silent in memory

Railway stations around the country fell silent on Wednesday 19 August 2020 as passengers and staff remembered those who lost their lives at, and all others who were affected by, the derailment at Stonehaven one week ago.

All stations in Scotland held a minute’s silence 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.

Many stations elsewhere in Britain, including those of Abellio-owned operators and Network Rail managed stations, also fell silent.

Soctland’s Railway managing director Alex Hynes was joined 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 at a memorial service at Aberdeen station. A wreath was laid to remember those who lost their lives.

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.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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