The Railways and Britain's Nuclear Industry (Paperback)

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The Railways and Britain's Nuclear Industry (Paperback)


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This book shows the important role played by the nation's railways in the nuclear industry and how the need to secure that service through the turbulence of privatization led to the creation of the nation's most diverse railway company, Direct Rail Services.

1945 marked the beginning of the Labour government that would nationalize the railways and witnessed the start of British nuclear weapon development, which led to a civil nuclear industry. By the 1990s both industries were heading for privatization, though neither would truly be free from government control. This book provides a brief history of British nuclear power and technology, and goes on to illustrate the transport of spent nuclear fuel from around the world to the Sellafield reprocessing plant.

In the twenty-first century the decommissioning of reactors and defense establishments across England added to the loads traveling by rail to the national Low Level Waste Repository. The railways also transported chemicals for the nuclear industry, construction materials and - at least in part - the industry's workers too. Direct Rail Services took over this traffic and became a major player in the rail freight business, with a significant role in the nation's passenger market. The book illustrates this transformation and explains why it happens.
Product Details ISBN: 9781913295653
ISBN-10: 1913295656
Publisher: Key Publishing
Publication Date: May 1st, 2020
Pages: 96
Language: English