The ScotRail Alliance has unveiled commemorative trains as part of its activity to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Five of ScotRail’s Class 170 trains have been branded with a specially designed logo depicting soldiers charging on the front line above the words “Remembrance 100”.
The trains are the latest demonstration of the ScotRail Alliance’s support for Poppyscotland.
Last year the ScotRail Alliance’s customers and employees supported the campaign nationally, raising a record total of £95,293 for Poppyscotland – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the previous year.
This year, the ScotRail Alliance is hoping to raise even more. Stations across Scotland have collection tins for donation. Customers are invited to join the ScotRail Alliance in a two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday 11 November 2018. ScotRail, along with train operating companies across the UK, is supporting Danny Boyle’s ‘Pages of the Sea’ event by providing hundreds of volunteers with travel to and from beaches around the country, including Ayr. Poppyscotland volunteers have been provided with free on-duty travel on the ScotRail network.
An Armistice Day memorial service will also take place at Ayr station at 2pm on Sunday, 11 November.
ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said: “This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and we’re proud to do our bit to support the Scottish Poppy Appeal once again. It’s important that we support our service men and women - past and present - and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for their country. We hope these trains will encourage people across the country to not just to remember our service men and women, but to show their support in practical ways.”
Edinburgh Waverley station team member Craig (left) and Mark (right) with Poppyscotland volunteer Lois (centre).
Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community. Money raised from the Scottish Poppy Appeal and Poppyscotland’s year-round fundraising enables them to deliver support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing tailored funding and assistance. The charity also funds services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite.
Pages of the Sea
On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.
On selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye. More information at: www.pagesofthesea.org.uk/
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