Quintinshil Rail Disaster: 100 years on

22 May 2015

The worst rail crash in this country is remembered today on the centenary of the tragedy. On 22 May 1915 three trains crashed at Quintinshill Bridge near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire.

A Glasgow express ploughed into the wreckage moments later and gas in the lighting system of the old wooden carriages ignited and started afire which also engulfed two freight trains on a passing loop.

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: “This was such a tragic event, which affected so many people in Leith and Edinburgh during which was traumatic time in history, it is right that the centenary is marked today in such a fitting way.

“We should never forget what happened 100 years ago, or all the efforts of so many people since to make the railway safe for passengers and staff.”

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