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Emotional scenes across UK as stations from Aberdeen to Waterloo fall silent in memory of Stonehaven train tragedy victims

Railway stations across the UK fell silent in memory of three people killed in the Stonehaven rail tragedy.

Family, colleagues and members of the public gathered in remembrance of driver Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury exactly one week on from the accident which claimed the lives of the trio.

People observed the minute silence at 9.43am across the country, from Aberdeen to Waterloo Station in London.

In the Granite City, family members of McCullough, Dinnie and Stuchbury were amongst those who gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Also looking on in Aberdeen was Nicola Whyte, the hero who walked three miles from the derailed train while injured to raise the alarm, with her arm in a sling and her foot in a walker boot.

Dereck Grant, the railway chaplain for the north of Scotland, spoke as the ceremony took place, leading a prayer for those who lost their lives or were injured, and everyone else affected by the tragedy.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the minute silence at Edinburgh Waverley station. A large crowd of people also observed the event at Glasgow Queen Street.

Alex Hynes, managing director of ScotRail, said: “Today is a very sombre day for Scotland’s Railway.

Stonehaven rail tragedy victims Brett McCullough, Donald Dinnie and Christopher Stuchbury.

“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.”

People across the UK took to social media to post images of the emotional scenes at the country’s stations.

The three victims of the derailment were on board the 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street train when it came off the tracks near Carmont on Wednesday, August 12.

An investigation into the derailment has been launched by police and the Office for Road and Rail.

However an early assessment of the tragedy by the Rail Accident Investigator Branch (RAIB) found a landslip caused the incident.

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