Tebay 20th Anniversary

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Head Office Circular: NP/05/24

11th January 2024

To: The Secretary




Dear Colleague,


The twentieth anniversary is shortly approaching of the tragedy at Tebay in the early hours of 15th February 2004 when our four members Colin Buckley, Darren Burgess, Gary Tindall and Chris Waters were killed when a faulty 16-tonne wagon broke free and sped down Shap Summit on the West Coast Main Line. RMT representatives played a major role in holding the employer to account and driving forward change, often in face of intransigence from Network Rail. It is a sad reflection of the state of the rail industry that it took over 16 years for this campaign to be finally drawn to a successful conclusion.

RMT will continue to help provide a safer working environment for our members working on the railway infrastructure and specifically to protect them against the risk of runaways on the railway infrastructure.

February 14th 2024 is the twentieth anniversary of the killing of our brothers at Tebay. RMT’s Lancaster District Branch is planning to hold a memorial ceremony at the memorial stone at Tebay.

The memorial ceremony will take place the following day, on Thursday February 15th.

There will be a laying of wreaths and brief words at the memorial stone, south of Tebay village off the A685, at 12.00. 

A buffet with and speeches from myself and others will follow at the Tebay Sports Social & Railway Club, Church St, Tebay, Penrith CA10 3SP, at approximately 13.30.


Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all members. 


Yours sincerely



Michael Lynch

General Secretary