Pictures of the Memorials at Gretna, commemorating the Gretna Railway Disaster


In 1995, a stone memorial was erected by the Western Front Association, within sight of the crash. The following is taken from a leaflet found at the National Library of Scotland:

In May 1990, the Scottish Area of the Western Front Association arranged a service held at the lineside to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the crash. It was suggested that a permanent memorial should be erected at Quintinshill. An appeal for funds was made through the local and national newspapers and the railway press. The site finally chosen for the Memorial was the north side of the car park of the Old Blacksmith's Shop at Gretna Green. From there the crash site can be seen half a mile to the north. The final design for the memorial includes a bronze Royal Scots badge on the north side of the plinth with one in stone on the south. On top, the plaque bears an inscription explaining that the memorial commemorates not only the Royal Scots killed but also those railwaymen and passengers who lost their lives; the latter often being forgotten.

The 80th Anniversary, actually Sunday 21st May 1995, was chosen as a suitable date for the dedication and unveiling of the Memorial. An article about the proposed memorial had caught the eye of Mrs Rachel Buchanan of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. As a three year old child she had been in the crash which claimed her mother and one year old brother*. So who more suitable to be asked to perform the unveiling.

The service, conducted by the Gretna minister, Rev Bryan Haston, was attended by a company of about 200, including a detachment of Royal Scots, MP Sir Hector Monro, whose maternal grandfather, General Sir Spencer Ewart, GOC Scotland at the time of the crash, had rushed from Edinburgh to co-ordinate the rescue operation, members of the local community and of the Western Front Association. Mrs. Buchanan was invited to unveil the memorial after which there was one minute's silence, the recitation of Binyon's words "For the Fallen" and a piper from the Royal Scots played the lament "The Flowers of the Forest". Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Western Front Association, the Royal Scots, Falkirk District Council, Railtrack, ASLEF, Springfield Community Council and from relatives of the victims.

Sidings, seldom used, are still to be seen at Quintinshill; the signal cabin is no more. The West Coast Line continues to be busy with expresses rushing past. Few passengers know exactly where they are, and even fewer give a thought to Quintinshill, Britain's worst railway disaster.

* Rachael Buchanan was the daughter of Mrs Nimmo, who is on the list of casualties


The stone memorial, in the form of a cairn with a brass plaque, at the north end of a pub car park in Gretna, Grid Reference NY 321 685


Details of the Plaque, fixed to the top of the cairn.


Royal Scots regimental badge mounted on back (south side) of the cairn.


A wooden carved statue of a piper, located in the same car park at Gretna, and a few yards from the stone memorial cairn.
The treeline in the middle distance, to the right of the piper, is the approximate site of the crash.


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