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.

Leafleting the DRS Open Day at Crewe

I’ve just come back from leafleting the DRS open day at Crewe.

In the space of an hour we went & handed out circa 500 leaflets. If we had 2,000 of them then they would of all gone too. It was an amazing experiance as all the train spotters lined up to take them.

The nicest line from several of the train spotters:-
‘When do we get to pay?’
To which my reply: –
‘ Inside on the right, or with your life.’

This is the text of the leaflet:-

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Welcome to the Direct Rail Services [ DRS ] Open Day!

Welcome to one of the most dangerous train depots to be found anywhere in the world !

Do enjoy your visit to this DRS depot where High level nukiller waste trains are based.

Yet do please consider these facts before you go in to the depot:-

– Each of these waste flasks contain two extremely radioactive atomic fuel rods.

– These waste trains are transported through some of the most highly populated areas in the UK.

– They are transported through such cities  as Bristol, Chester, Edinburgh, Lancaster, London, Preston, Stafford, Warrington, Wigan, Worcester.

– Should anything ever happen to one of these flasks, then we would all be exposed to a mixture of highly dangerous and long lasting radioactive particles.

– The flasks this waste is carried in is not 100% safe,  as  they “sweat” .  In other words: They leak amounts of radioactive material is absorbed into paint and migrates to the surface causing contamination risks.

– These Waste Trains go though some of the most congested railway junctions in the country, such as Stratford (London) and Willesden.

– These Waste Trains do derail once in a while, and thus causes a lot of public anxieties.
e.g.  In Cumbria last September.

– All this waste is taken to Sellafield were it will be left untreated for many decades in to the
future.

We do not need to create this waste, as we can create power from the sun, tide, and wind.

DRS Nukiller Waste Train Routes & Stations.

I have just compiled a set of lists for all the 9 routes which are
used by DRS to transport high level nukiller waste.

Many of these routes start or end at the DRS rail depots at  Crewe
or Carlisle, from which the waste is moved on to  the nukiller
plant at  Sellafield ( Windscale ).

These lists note both stations and railway junctions.

Please feel free to use these lists,
and let others know about any of the trains which pass through
your locality.

Here are the full 8 lists: –

Continue reading DRS Nukiller Waste Train Routes & Stations.

Looking To Find A Nukiller Waste Train.

Many towns in Britain have nukiller waste passing through them via the railways.

Finding out just when they go through any town has been a very time consuming and costly process – up until now.

One way of finding out has been by purchasing a copy of Freightmaster.

Now you can look up some of the same information via Realtime Trains.

This is a really useful online resource, especially as it gives an exact set of times and towns which these trains go through.

If your uncertain as to which ones to look at on your search,
then they will code as ZZ ,
and are run by DRS ( Direct Rail Services ).

D R S

What do you think that D R S stands for?

Dangerous ?

Radioactive ?

&

Secretive ?

No.

It stands for Direct Rail Services (DRS) .

Direct Rail Services (DRS) is a freight operating company
which was created in 1995 by British Nuclear Fuels Limited,
and so now a subsidiary company of the
Nuclear Decommissioning authority.

DRS owns all those nice nukiller waste flasks which it
transports up to the Windscale ( Sellafield )
Nukiller Waste Factory in Cumbria.

While the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority also owns such
companies as:

– Pacific Nuclear Transport.

– International Nuclear Services.

– U K Nirex Ltd,

&

Newton Manor Ltd,
which is a waste disposal company.

Of course it goes without saying that the activities of all
these nukiller organisations posse a major threat to us all.

Now just follow the links & you will know who to Direct your
protest at – – – – .