Leith's Tragedy: The Gretna Railway Disaster Exhibition
Leith's Tragedy: The Gretna Railway Disaster Exhibition

Leith's Tragedy: The Gretna Railway Disaster Exhibition

An exhibition by the Leith Local History Society

 

1st May - 12th June

12noon - 5pm daily

1st floor, near Debenhams

Free entry

 

Learn about the tragedy that struck Leith on May 22nd 1915 - The Gretna Railway Disaster.

 

The events of 22nd May 1915 had a tremendous impact on the people of Leith and the Lothians.  Two Companies of the 1/7th Battalion of the Royal Scots were on their way to Liverpool bound for Gallipoli.  Just outside Gretna there was a horrific train crash involving three trains - the troop train, a local train and the London to Glasgow Express.  Due to an error on the part of the signalman the local train was "parked" on the southbound line while the troop train was given the all clear signal to proceed.  The inevitable crash resulted in men and debris spilling on to the northbound track.  The express train had also been given the all clear signal to proceed and crashed into the debris and the many of the men who had escaped from the first crash.

 

By the end of the day out of 485 officers and men who had set out that morning only 67 were left standing.  All the others had been either killed or injured.

 

Visit the exhibitoin for more information on this tragedy and the people involved.