Tuesday, 21 June 2016

X Sign

An X in the sky meant when I took this photo one of ABC Wednesday's tricky letters was sorted.  The crossing here is of road, rail and cycle path and the only steam train ever seen is the one painted on the sign as the line is for freight
to the docks. I didn't take any photos of the railway lines because I thought I had some already, which was true, but they are inaccessible at the moment and in the depths of my very poorly old laptop although I do have my memory cards,  which I haven't labeled, xxxx!  
International Nuclear Services Terminal
The rail tracks can just be seen in this photo.  We have had some strange weather patterns this year and the day in May these photos were taken was no exception, sultry, with complete hazy cloud cover,
the lines between sky and water only distinguished by their texture.  The ship is the Oceanic Pintail which makes it sound quite benign but in actual fact it is a carrier of high level radioactive waste so you could say it is x rated.  On its journeys around the world they will turn off the AIS (Automatic Identification System) and if returning via the Suez Canal the canal cameras will be turned off to keep secret its course. The Global Threat Reduction Initiative means that the Plutonium it carries will end up somewhere near the Savannah River in the US. 

'Normal' nuclear waste will trundle up and down the coast to and from the port but on the occasions more exotic nuclear materials are transported then the level of police buzzing up and down the road is usually a pointer to transportation of something potentially more dangerous.   
On the Line
but not on a quiet November day when the even the rails on this coastal railway seemed autumnal.  

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at X here  
    

8 comments:

Nora said...

I like your X sign, it is the hardest letter to figure out what to do! Nice to visit your blog again. Have a great week.

Indrani said...

Great find. I should look out for this.
Happy ABCW!

Melody Steenkamp said...

lovely entry, good choices too

Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-18-x/

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post and photos for X ~ great sighting!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Trubes said...

Crikey Joy,
That's a bit scary about the Nuclear waste ship,
I wonder where they dump their load....Armagedden
comes to mind.
X sure marks the spot in many ways......
Good post !
Best wishes,
Di,
ABCW team.

luaubeesvintage said...

Thanks for a very interesting and informative post! Also it is always good advice and signage to "Give Way" to trains!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I forgot that X means crossing. So, my first glance at your photo had me wondering what that X meant. :-)

Roger Owen Green said...

I love the choo choo!
ROG, ABCW