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Derailed nuclear train in Barrow

A RECOVERY operation was continuing this morning to remove a derailed nuclear train in Barrow.

The train derailed at Salthouse Junction, near Barrow train station, shortly after 2pm yesterday. 

A spokesman from International Nuclear Services Ltd (INS), a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) responsible for the management and transport of nuclear material, said the train had been on the way to Sellafield carrying empty nuclear flasks.

He said: "The flasks were being transported from Barrow and had been shipped to the UK from Japan."

A statement from Direct Rail Services, the train operator responsible for the afflicted service, said: "Work will now focus on recovering the derailed rolling stock. An investigation will be carried into the cause of derailment in accordance with Rail and Nuclear Transport Regulations."

DRS also released a statment earlier in the day saying: "At approximately 2pm today two wagons on a DRS train were involved in a slow speed (walking pace) derailment at Salthouse Junction, near Barrow.

"The train, which was carrying three empty waste flasks, from Barrow terminal, was destined for Sellafield. No-one was injured as a result of the incident and all appropriate railway procedures have been activated, in accordance with standard industry requirements. DRS personnel are attending the site and information on when the wagons will be re-railed will be provided as soon as this is available."

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesperson said yesterday: “BTP officers were called to the line close to Barrow-in-Furness rail station following a report that a freight train had partially derailed.

“The incident, which was reported to BTP at 2.13pm, is currently being treated as a railway operating incident.

“The train, an empty nuclear train operated by Direct Rail Services, was travelling at around 5mph. All wagons have remained upright and there are no reported injuries.”

A spokeswoman from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a call was received at 2.18pm reporting a train derailment in Barrow.

The spokeswoman said five appliances were called to the scene but no further action was required and the incident posed no risk to the public. The train was still upright and control of the incident has been passed over to Direct Rail.

Fire crews from Walney, Dalton and Barrow attended.

Passenger services have been disrupted and replacement bus services are running on trains out of Barrow.

Have your say

Even if the train derailed with full flasks its not like they are Tupperware boxes is it! The flasks are purposely designed to withstand phenomenal amounts of shock and damage whilst retaining their integrity solely due to the nature of the material they transport.
Lets engage brains here the train derailed – not ideal. The fact it was near a populated area – again not ideal, but that would be the same sentiment if it was a passenger train. The actual impact? – Minimal, if anything its just stepped off the track, its not slid for miles on its side because the driver was being totally irresponsible like another rail incident recently.
Whatever your feelings towards the technology in this day and age the transportation of nuclear material is necessary, the means by which and the route taken has clearly had the risks calculated by some authority and a rail link via barrow is likely the best of a bad situation, its not as if this is a new decision. No one was hurt, no harm done, lets all calm down and focus on tack improvements in the area to lessen the risks of this happening again.

Posted by Becca on 30 September 2013 at 11:45

@ letsbesensiblehere,you mention Barrovian trolls, I've just read the posts left here and see no evidence of trolling. What's your definition of a troll, and what makes you think that people who have left posts here are from Barrow?
If in doubt, assume eh!

Posted by James Hetfield on 27 September 2013 at 13:10

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