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Quintinshill Rail Disaster - new plaque

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:35 pm    Post subject: Quintinshill Rail Disaster - new plaque Reply with quote

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UKNIWM Ref 61585

Location - fixed to Blacksike Bridge near Gretna Green at OS Map Ref NY 316 695

above added to first post on thread in accordance with project standards

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On next Sunday 26th September, 2010 at 3.0pm a plaque on Blacksike Bridge will be dedicated to the memory of those who died in the above disaster. This information from John Cameron, South Scotland Branch of The Western Front Association. He was involved with getting the last memorial cairn unveiled in May 1995.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teddy,
Thanks for the info. I've attached a link to the location in case anyone is wondering where the bridge is:

http://getamap.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getamap/frames.htm?mapAction=gaz&gazName=g&gazString=NY319694
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious, why would another memorial to the crash be needed in this area?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Plaque on 25th Sept 2010 Reply with quote

Adam,
Think your answer is that the plaque is going to be placed at the spot where the accident occurred. The Cairn in 1995 was in Gretna Green which was a wee bit away from the spot.
Photos of cairn can been seen under Quintinshill Rail in Reg. Units Memorials; and you will see away from the accident spot.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah right, thanks Teddy that explains it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I attended the unveiling of the memorial today. Dry but cold and windy - the ceremony was well attended and I must comment on the excellent piping.



In this next picture, you can see the memorial with the site of the tragedy visible over the bridge





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul,
That explains the "Scottish War Memorials" cross lying below the plaque.

Any idea why the plaque is dated 2009?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
Paul,
That explains the "Scottish War Memorials" cross lying below the plaque.

Any idea why the plaque is dated 2009?


Yes, the cross was mine.

I noticed 2009, I am just guessing but perhaps the plaque was made in 2009 and it has taken time to get the necessary permissions and work done on the bridge? Also note that the memorial was unveiled by the young widow of the man whose inscription was used on the memorial. I again guess that he was a driving force behind the memorial and his untimely death delayed its unveiling.







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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This memorial is now listed on UKNIWM and I have amended the first post.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the nearest memorial to the scene of the tragedy and I note on my original post from 2010 that I described the unveiling as well attended. Well everything is relative and having seen the memorial on today's evening news with a much larger crowd. Nice to see the event and the memorial being brought to national attention.

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