Great Heck train crash: LNER to host memorial to mark 20 years

Great Heck train crash memorial
Great Heck train crash memorial

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is working with Network Rail and Freightliner to mark 20 years since the Great Heck train crash.

The memorial will be a virtual event held on February 28, 2021 from 10am.

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If you would like to register to watch the online memorial, please click here. If you have any questions, please email greatheckanniversary@lner.co.uk.

Great Heck train crash

On the morning of February 28, 2001, an InterCity 225 passenger train operated derailed into the path of an oncoming freight train. Ten people lost their lives that day including the drivers of both trains, and 82 were seriously injured.

It remains the worst rail disaster of the 21st century in the UK.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, LNER are hosting a virtual memorial to mark the 20th anniversary of this tragedy rather than in person.

The online event will be broadcast from Great Heck and Newcastle on Sunday, February 28 at 10am. LNER will be laying wreaths, giving readings and pausing as a train passes Great Heck and sounds its horn in dedication to those who lost their lives.

If you would like to register to watch the online memorial, please click here. If you have any questions, please email them to greatheckanniversary@lner.co.uk.

On the afternoon of Sunday 28 February at 2pm, there will also be an online memorial service live-streamed from Selby Abbey, led by Canon John Weetman, Vicar of Selby Abbey and the Reverend Peter Hibbs.

A commemorative candle will be lit for each of those who lost their lives. Email GH20Memorial@gmail.com to get involved.

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