Stonehaven tributes

Railways fall silent to remember those lost in Stonehaven derailment

Stonehaven
Photo: ScotRail

The rail industry paused to remember those who lost their lives, and all others who were affected by the derailment at Stonehaven last week.

Across Scotland, railway stations remained silent for a minute at 09:43, the time the incident was reported on Wednesday, 12 August 2020, to mark the passing of the train driver Brett McCullough, the conductor operating the service Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury.

Other stations across Britain, including those of Abellio-owned operators and Network Rail managed stations, also fell silent.

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Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway, Alex Hynes was joined by the families of Brett McCullough, Donald Dinner 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 in Stonehaven.

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.

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“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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