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.

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

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.

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.

“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.

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.

"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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