Stonehaven train crash: Scotland’s stations to fall silent a week on from rail disaster

A silent tribute will be held to remember the three men who sadly lost their lives in tragedy.

A minute’s silence will be held in railway stations across Scotland on Wednesday as a mark of respect to the three people who died in the Stonehaven train crash last week.

Stations will fall silent at 9.43am to commemorate a week since the fatal derailment was reported.

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Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died when the Aberdeen to Glasgow train crashed into a landslide across the tracks.

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Investigators said the train derailed and slid approximately 90 metres before hitting and destroying a barrier on the edge of a bridge, leading the front power car and one carriage to fall down an embankment.

Train operator ScotRail announced it will hold a one-minute silence exactly a week after the alarm was raised, with many English and Welsh stations confirming they will join the tribute

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ScotRail’s managing director Alex Hynes said: “Scotland’s railway, and the railway across much of Britain, will fall silent on Wednesday to mark the passing of Brett, Donald and Christopher.

“Our hearts remain broken and will do for a long time.

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Stations will fall silent at 9.43am on Wednesday to commemorate a week since the fatal derailment was reported.

“We hope that by coming together as a railway family, along with the local community and people across the country, we can support one another through this horrendous time.

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“The strength of support and offers of help from railway colleagues across the rest of Britain has been a real source of comfort.”

Edinburgh Trams have announced that they will also be participating in the one minute silence in solidarity with their transport colleagues.

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The First Minister tweeted that she too would be at Edinburgh Waverley to mark the moment.

She said: “I will join ScotRail and others in Waverley Railway Station at 09.43 this morning, to remember those who lost their lives in the Stonehaven tragedy one week ago.

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"We will remember Brett, Donald and Christopher and hold their loved ones in our thoughts.”

The Scottish Parliament will also participate.

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