GEORGEMAS CONTAINER TRIAL

Rail Freight

A CONTAINER loading/offloading demonstration was undertaken at the nuclear waste siding at Georgemas Junction on the Far North of Scotland line on 22 April 2020. The siding has a crane that has handled flasks of nuclear waste from the decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Development Establishment at nearby Dounreay, but was not specifically developed for containers. The demonstration showed it can move containers, but slings are required. Another limitation is that the siding can only hold four wagons/eight containers, necessitating complex shunting operations for a longer train of commercially viable length.

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