The forgotten Whitecross rail disaster

10-02-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. WHITECROSS, Scene of rail disaster at Manuel Bridge with local historians,  David Leask and Rona Leask.
10-02-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. WHITECROSS, Scene of rail disaster at Manuel Bridge with local historians, David Leask and Rona Leask.
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IT was described at the time as one of Scotland’s most appalling rail disasters, but today there is no physical evidence of it ever taking place.

The catastrophe close to the old Manuel Station near Whitecross just outside Linlithgow, killed 17 people and seriously injured many others on a dim grey January morning in 1874.

Now David Leask (62), chairman of the area’s local history group, wants to see a lasting milestone placed at the scene of the crash.

For the full story of what happened, and his campaign to see it properly recognised, see the Journal and Gazette, on sale now.