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