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Posted by Tim Jackson on December 10, 2008, 8:09 am
Derek Geldard wrote:

Well I know dynamite weeps, because they have to keep awarding Nobel
Peace prizes to inappropriate people so that Nobel turns in his grave
and does not weep and become unstable.

Could it have anything to do with that?  Not that I imagine a train
leaking trinitroglycerine would get very far, but it's worth it for the
joke. Or perhaps not.


Posted by Derek Geldard on December 10, 2008, 11:02 am
On Wed, 10 Dec 2008 08:09:41 +0000, Tim Jackson

It was a munitions train but they didn't know what the cargo was. They
were stopped at Ribblehead and the fireman looked back down the train
and saw smoke coming from one of the freight wagons. Thinking they had
a train full of bombs parked on the Ribblehead viaduct in WW2 with all
that implied they (Gingerly) went back down the train to the wagon
that was on fire and pulled back the tarpaulin to reveal a canister
that was streaming smoke. Without further ado they hauled it off the
wagon and rolled it down the embankment.

It turned out to have been a trainload of smoke canisters for the
Royal Navy one of which had gone off prematurely.


Posted by Andy Dingley on December 11, 2008, 11:45 am

White phosphorus. That's the usual fish poison around non-chemical
munitions, as fish metabolism is acutely sensitive to it.

Then there's the WW2 mustard gas plant with the outfall into the Dee
(Rhymydrym (sp.), which was called "X site" because no one could spell


Posted by David Hansen on December 11, 2008, 2:08 pm
 On Thu, 11 Dec 2008 03:45:50 -0800 (PST) someone who may be Andy





One of a number of plants which ICI were never keen on mentioning in
public, mostly situated in NW England. They were often claimed to be
MoS (Ministry of Supply) plants rather than ICI ones. The first link
has a map of the sites and they were declared under the chemical
weapons convention (they are listed under that as MoS plants to
spare ICI's blushes. Monsanto isn't keen on being reminded of Agent
Orange either.)

The main mustard gas manufacture plant was ICI Randle, which if my
memory is correct they managed to decontaminate some years ago and
it is now a nature reserve.

  David Hansen, Edinburgh
 I will *always* explain revoked encryption keys, unless RIP prevents me

Posted by Man at B&Q on December 9, 2008, 11:25 am
 On Dec 8, 6:10pm, %ste...@malloc.co.uk (Steve Firth) wrote:

Water scoops and troughs are a lot older than that, first used in the
1860s by the LNWR.


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