Remembering Quintinshill 100 years on

A brilliant piece by the NRM looking at Britains worse ever railway disaster on the Caledonian Railway at Quintinshill near Gretna on 22 May 1915.

National Railway Museum blog

Today’s post is written by Andrew McLean, our Head Curator.

The devastating accident on the Caledonian Railway at Quintinshill near Gretna on 22 May 1915 is Britain’s greatest railway disaster.

At least 227 people were killed in a multiple crash exacerbated by a fire which engulfed the wreckage. The majority of deaths came from the 1/7th (Leith) Battalion the Royal Scots who were journeying to Liverpool to board a troop ship on its way to Gallipoli. Instead, the Battalion was decimated and barely a family in the historic port of Leith – from where the men had been recruited – was left untouched by the tragedy.

quintinshill-1 The Quintinshill accident of 1915 is still Britain’s worst railway disaster.

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