Monday, May 12, 2014
Nuclear flask collision test in 1984
At the start of the month I showed you a nuclear flask train passing Appledore in Kent.
The safety of these trains used to be a major concern of environmentalists. I remember one group standing on a suburban platform as one trundled past and waving a cardboard tube at it. They then said they could have been terrorists with a rocket launcher and this proved these workings should be stopped at once.
So in 1984 the nuclear and rail authorities decided to stage a mock accident it which a derailed flask was hit by a locomotive going at full tilt.
The collision took place on the Old Dalby test track in Leicestershire - part of the old Midland line from Melton Mowbray to Nottingham.
As you will see from this video, the flask survived pretty much unscathed. 46009 was not so lucky.