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Rail disaster victims remembered

James Wardrop
James Wardrop was in the first carriage when the accident happened

A special plaque to mark the 25th anniversary of the Polmont rail disaster, which killed 13 people and injured 61, has been unveiled.

The accident happened on 30 July 1984 as an Edinburgh express train en route to Glasgow struck a cow on the track.

Survivors, relatives of those who died and members of the emergency services were at the service at Polmont Station.

The plaque will become a permanent memorial to what remains one of Scotland's worst rail disasters.

Most of those who died or were injured in the accident were those seated in the train's front two carriages.

The train, which left Edinburgh Waverley at about 1730 BST, was travelling at 85mph when it hit the animal on a stretch of track between Westquarter and Reddingmuirhead at 1755 BST.

Falkirk Council leader, Linda Gow said: "This was the worst rail accident in living memory in our area and the anniversary will bring back many memories for the families of the victims and those who were injured as well as for the railway and emergency services workers who dealt with the shocking aftermath.

"The plaque at Polmont Station will commemorate those who died and recognise also the vital efforts of all those involved in the rescue work."



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