Stenhousemuir mural commemorates Quintinshill rail crash

Members of the Tryst Community Centre youth club join Provost Pat Reid and artist Alice Watkin to display the mural design which commemorates the Quintinshill rail crash. Picture: Alan Murray
Members of the Tryst Community Centre youth club join Provost Pat Reid and artist Alice Watkin to display the mural design which commemorates the Quintinshill rail crash. Picture: Alan Murray

A new public artwork to 
commemorate the 100th 
anniversary of the Quintinshill rail crash has been unveiled in Stenhousemuir.

The mural was created by members of the Tryst Community Centre youth club with help from artist Alice Watkin.

Baillie Billy Buchanan, who led the organising committee of the recent memorial event at nearby Larbert station, invited the club to create a lasting memorial to the disaster, which left at least 226 people dead.

A shipping container in the centre’s car park was identified as the perfect canvas for the artwork.

Gail Johnston, a community learning and development worker, led the project. “It was a part of history that the kids didn’t know about - now they’ve learned the story while also creating their own piece of history,” she said.

The mural, which can be seen in Park Road, is made up of poppies and the Royal Scots cap badge - the regiment from which most of the victims were drawn.

Those killed were passengers on a troop train from Larbert station on May 22, 1915, which would later crash with a stationary service at a junction near Gretna.