Hero train driver from Grangemouth appointed new role

ScotRail train driver Willie Dickson
ScotRail train driver Willie Dickson
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Grangemouth train driver Willie Dickson has been appointed president of the Railway Employees and Public Transport Association.

Grandfather-of-two Willie, who will retire in September next year, said: “This is not only an honour for me, but for my family too. I hope to uphold the good name of REPTA and promote the benefits of becoming a member.”

The 64-year-old ScotRail train driver has worked on the railway for more than three decades and played a vital role in securing the safety of 60 passengers following the Falls of Cruachan derailment on the Glasgow to Oban line back in June 2010.

His quick thinking following the landslide, which left huge rocks on the rails, earned him a national Employee of the Year award.