Scotland’s Railway remembers Newton tragedy

Last updated: Wednesday, 21 July 2021

On Sunday, 21 July 1991, at 21.55, two trains crashed on a single track at a junction just west of Newton railway station in Cambuslang, near Glasgow.

The collision killed the two drivers and two passengers and injured 22 more people.

Today, (Wednesday, 21 July), a short commemoration service at Newton station took place, led by Railway Chaplain, Graham Whitehead. Stuart Scott, brother of driver David Scott who was killed, also said a few words.

The Scotland’s Railway family observed a one-minute silence to honour those killed and injured in the accident.

Wreaths were laid at the station in memory of the victims, by ScotRail Head of Drivers, Mark Ilderton, drivers’ union ASLEF’s Scottish organiser, Kevin Lindsay and Stuart Scott.

The two trains, the 21:55 Newton – Glasgow Cathcart Circle Class 303, driven by Reginald McEwan, and the Class 314 20:55 Balloch – Motherwell service driven by David Scott collided head on at a combined speed of around 60 miles per hour.

Following the accident, the track layout was changed to install double track from the platforms towards Kirkhill station.

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said:

“When this accident happened in July 1991, many current railway colleagues were working for British Rail and we all remember the terrible sadness for the relatives of the victims and the whole railway family.

“We will never forget those who died or were injured in the accident and today’s wreath laying and the minute’s silence at Newton station was a fitting tribute to them.”