SOLDIERS JOIN FORCES WITH RAILWAY STAFF TO LAUNCH ‘POPPY TRAINS’

6th November 2017 Fraser Bedwell

The ScotRail Alliance has unveiled one of five specially-branded trains as part of its support for this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The trains were unveiled by soldiers from the 2nd and 4th Battalions, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, alongside ScotRail Alliance staff. The carriages have seen their ScotRail logos replaced with a poppy-inspired design, and will be seen on routes linking Scotland’s ‘seven cities’ – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Stirling, and Inverness.

The trains are the latest demonstration of the ScotRail Alliance’s support for Poppyscotland, which they raised over £57,000 for last year.

This year, collection tins have been placed at all staffed stations, with poppies for sale at every ticket office. There are also collections every day until 11 November at four of Scotland’s busiest stations: Glasgow Central, Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket.

Syeda Ghufran, head of engineering projects at the ScotRail Alliance, said: “At this time of year, it’s important that we remember those who gave their lives for our country. However, it’s just as important to remember those who did come back, and the support that they require.

“These poppy trains will encourage people across the country, not just to remember, but also to show their support in practical ways.”

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The poppy trains looks absolutely fantastic.  Not only will they remind the public of the importance of the poppy during the remembrance period, but given they will be proudly on display beyond this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal it will highlight the need to support our Armed Forces community all year round.

“These trains demonstrate once again that the ScotRail Alliance are going the extra mile in their support of Poppyscotland and those who need our life-changing services.”