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Nuclear flask train
UK Nuclear flask train in seven wide
About this creation
This train so far consists of a flask wagon (TOPS code FNA) and two runner wagons (TOPS code RNA)

FNA Nuclear Flask wagon. These wagons carry spent fuel to reprocessing sites and are made of stainless steel but after a time seem to become a tan colour due to oxidisation and dirt so I have modelled this finish. The flask is carried under the white protective sunshield. These wagons are a pretty safe way of carrying nuclear waste around if you really have to. One of these wagons was used in a test, it was crashed into by a train travelling at 100mph. Both the wagon and the train were a write-off but the flask inside was undamaged.

RNA Barrier wagons Until recently the FNAs needed a barrier wagon to be placed between them and the locomotive and also between them and the brake van (caboose). A variety of wagons were used but after a while HEA hopper wagons were used. These were recoded to RNA for this use but were otherwise unchanged. A later change was to cut off the hopper of the RNA to increase visibility.
I have built both the original and modified versions.
The train needs a brake van and loco to complete it.

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   The flask wagon. The flask is hidden under the white sunsheild which is also heavily ribbed to disapate heat

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   HEA/RNA hopper. The chassis is six wide, the body seven. The ladder design is a Tim Gould suggestion

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   The cut down hopper


Tim David
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Lucas Liska
  September 30, 2008
what is the point of those things they call 'buffers' on the ends of cars?
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  July 15, 2008
Ahh runaway, the government is letting 'glow trains' into the railway system. Ha, nice job. I like the detail you put into it. We really do have 'glow trains' travel through here. Lucky for me the military bases have ripped up their railroad tracks. Yup, no biohazard here, just our neighbor city.
Tim David
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Andrew Harvey
  September 24, 2007
These are excellent train MOCs. 7-wide is so much more realistic than 6-wide! Hope you got my other email.
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  April 7, 2007
An amazing level of detail, makes the the Christmas train I made look pitiful. Looking forward to seeing the completed project. Lee.
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