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Operation Smash Hit!

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This guest blog post was written by archive volunteer, Jack Garside  

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How do you prove carrying nuclear waste by rail is safe?

About 30 years ago on the 17th July 1984 millions of people worldwide tuned in to watch a train crash on live TV, a crash with no casualties and on a section of disused railway that made headlines.  This was no ordinary crash and the reason why it was so widely watch is explained by an eight page booklet I found whilst re-boxing a donation in our archive.

This was Operation Smash Hit, a demonstration to show how safe the flasks used to carry nuclear waste by road and rail were, by running a 239 ton train into a flask at 100mph.

The demonstration was part of a series of test which involved dropping…

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