Glasgow Central station has unveiled a new memorial stone as part of its Armistice Day service this morning (Monday, November 11).
The polished, black granite memorial, dedicated to railway staff who died in WW2 and subsequent conflicts, was unveiled by veterans during the station’s commemorative service and two-minute silence.
The new stone, which sits beneath the bronze memorial to the Great War at the Gordon Street entrance, has been commissioned to provide a lasting tribute to those who fought in the many conflicts which followed WW1.
Designed by Professor Dugald Cameron, a former head of the Glasgow School of Art, who has also written a book about the history of Glasgow Central, the creation of the memorial was funded by Carillion, who are currently renewing the station’s platforms for Network Rail.
The stone has been designed to reflect the surrounding environment – both as a reminder of the station’s role as a departure point for war-time service and also to reflect those passing by, whose freedom and quality of life were guaranteed by those who died.
The memorial also incorporates the traditional British Rail double arrows logo, to symbolise the fact the stone represents all those former railway staff who fought for their country.
David Simpson, Network Rail’s route managing director for Scotland, said: “We are very proud to have the new memorial in the station. It provides an understated, yet poignant, reminder of the sacrifices our predecessors in the railway industry have made and shows that they will always be remembered.”