Andrew and Diane Jones
Note that this traffic is entirely separate from the civil nuclear power station waste, which use different flask wagons.
This image is undated and uncredited in my collection but shows the Head Wrightson flask wagon at Rosyth Dockyard without the flask loaded.
Castle Class Names
Since compiling my last report on GWR 'Castle Class' namings, published on the CRS site on 5th May 2022, further names have been added. This supplementary list is correct to 1st September 2022.
43009 Nunney Castle (seen un-named 29.08.22, named 01.09.2022)
43010 Lydford Castle (reported 28.07.2022)
43022 Nether Stowey Castle (seen 03.07.2022)
43029 Caldicot Castle (reported 18.05.2022)
43040 Berry Pomeroy Castle with Falklands 40th Anniversary Decals. (Named at Plymouth Station 14.06.2022)
43088 Dartmouth Castle (reported & seen 21.08.2022)
43093 Berkeley Castle (reported 21.08.2022, retains Old Oak Common 'Legends of the GWR' vinyls from 2018)
43156 Maen Castle (reported 11.07.2022)
43162 Caerhays Castle (reported 22.06.2022)
This leaves only 43027 un-named. Given the speed of recent namings expect to receive a report on this one in the next few days...
Unconfirmed reports elsewhere suggest that four of the 'Castle' sets are due to be retired from service at the December timetable change with class 800s being brought in to work some of the Cardiff-Penzance diagrams. If true then some of these nameplates will soon disappear! Real Time Trains will show train allocations for the new timetable period in due course.
Finally, former GW PC's scrapped since the last report are 43069 43193 and 43197.
Regards, Clive Smith