Aspects Of Train Spotting – Or Spot The Flask.

Up and Until Now.

The first time I went of a demonstration about nukiller waste trains was way back in second half of the 1970s.

The main concern for many people was, and still is, how these flasks of high level radioactive waste are allowed to be transported though our city centres.

Over the last few years I have given out a lot of leaflets about these waste train outside of the various railway stations they go through.

These have been leafleting sessions which number just 2, 3, 4,or 5 people at a time.

It’s a major issue which worries a lot of people, but very difficult to get many of them to do anything about it.

We could keep doing the same kind of isolated leafleting sessions,  but they make very little impact apart from on a very local level.

What Next.

That’s why I am increasingly convinced that we need to hold co-ordinated leafleting sessions outside of all of the stations these waste trains go through , or as many of them as we can practically do so.

Such co-ordinated leafleting sessions will make much more of an impact that isolated ones, and really build up a public awareness of the issue if they are done over a long time on a very regular basis.

In order for this to make any impact these leafleting sessions will need to be held at least once a month for the next couple of years.

It would also be ideal if they could sometimes be held at those time of the day when commuters are going to and from work, as well as the regular Saturday leafleting sessions which have become a regular part of this campaigning work.

The Very First attempt to do such a co-ordinated action was during the DRS open day on July 19th.

Known and Unknown.

One of the most important aspect of this campaigning is to know just when these waste trains are due to pass through any particular station.

We now know these time slots, but it does not mean they are doing used.

So there is still the need to get people to monitor the railways in order to build up this info.

One of the most useful reports which we can use about waste flask movements is to be found in the Railway Magazine.

Yet these reports only give the DRS train engine numbers.

What we really need to know is the flat bed waste flask numbers, which are never reported in any of the train spotting reports.

These numbers are to be seen on the side of the flat bed wagons, and upon the flask holders.

The FNA waste flasks would seem to have six digit codes starting with 550001.

These numbers are important to note, as they will help to build up information about just how old these waste flasks are, and how many of them are being used on a regular basis.

I’ll get back to this issue in the near future.