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Railway falls silent in memory

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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.”


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