AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a freight train carrying nuclear material ran a stop signal near to Kingussie on Friday night. The service was carrying spent fuel from the Dounreay Power Station to the decommissioning site at Sellafield, Cumbria. It came to a stop after travelling past a red light before being moved to a “position of safety” by concerned officials. Direct Rail Services (DRS), the company which handles shipments between the two sites on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), said they understand there was no risk of collision due to the error. However, concerns have been raised as to why a train loaded with radioactive material was allowed to sit there for almost two hours. An investigation has since been launched into the circumstances of the “highly-disturbing” incident. DRS has been transporting spent fuel between the two sites for a number of years. The material is taken from Dounreay to Georgemas Junction and loaded on to the train to Carlisle and then onto Sellafield. Tor Justad, chairperson of the Highlands Against Nuclear Transport group, said: “We’ve been campaigning for these shipments to be stopped and for the material to be kept on site. Storing nuclear material is hazardous enough but it’s when you go to transport it that accidents can happen. And obviously an incident like this is highly-disturbing. We know that low-level radiation is emitted from these canisters so to hear that the train was sitting at Kingussie for hours is concerning.”
Herald 16th July 2018 read more »
The annual Direct Rail Services Charity Open Day has become an important date in the railway year. Arrangements for the 2018 event, to be held at the DRS Gresty Bridge Depot in Crewe, promise to be every bit as great as past shows. The Open Day showcases one of Britain’s foremost railway operating companies, with a range of motive power present and past, technical demonstrations, trade and society stands and much more besides. Gresty Bridge Depot is a very easy 12 to 15 minute walk from Crewe station. For the first time, a special train will run from London Euston specially for the event, operated for UK Railtours by DRS and featuring both of their latest classes of locomotive, the powerful Class 68 diesel and the brand new Class 88.
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