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dalesman

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Posted: 17/03/2010 22:36:55
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Went into one of these recently near Haydon Bridge whilst out geocaching,lifted the lid which wasn't locked and descended the 20foot vertical ladder to a room 15' x 8' complete with bunk bed cupboards, paperwork, MOD mouldy biscuits,pots and pans and the good old tea pot. Apparently these posts where manned 24 hrs a day, they were built about the mid 60s at the height of the Cold War to track Nuclear bomb blasts and report their locations back to the MOD and abandoned in the mid 90s.Most of the ones remaining like this one are in V good condition, which is surprising considering they are 20 odd feet underground,just over 1500 where built originally and some are even up for sale the ultimate get away from it all holiday home.Any one else come across any. IP: 90.216.7.249
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Posted: 17/03/2010 23:32:07
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Yes, its something I got interested in a few years ago before I ever got into this mines business.

There was a really nice one locally that was totally intact but the local farmer filled it with soil about 5 years ago.

This is one of the better ones left near to me, that I visited and photographed a while back.

[web link]
IP: 82.4.15.177 Edited: 17/03/2010 23:33:14 by christwigg
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Posted: 17/03/2010 23:48:07
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YAWN..............28dayslater mob! - too many of the damm things littering the place.

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Posted: 18/03/2010 00:26:35
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Wormster wrote:

YAWN..............28dayslater mob! - too many of the damm things littering the place.


Well I personally think that cold war relics are a bit more worthy than breaking into abandoned yoghurt factories.
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Posted: 18/03/2010 09:15:44
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There is one near Buckden at SD9364 7823
I have not been in it - only noted its presence.
Further details at http://www.subbrit.org.uk/cgi-bin/webdata_roc.pl?fid=988098783&query=pagenum%3D2%26cgifunction%3DSearch%26County%3DYorkshire&cgifunction=form
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Posted: 18/03/2010 10:32:42
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check out the sub brit website - they are into the Cold War stuff in a proper way [web link]

also

[web link]

Mike
IP: 92.42.56.244 Edited: 18/03/2010 10:34:52 by Moorebooks
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Posted: 18/03/2010 10:54:17
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Regarding 28DL (I do not contribute) It's a shame that the stigma of the site has allowed you not to see the depth of research, talent of recording and enthusiasm that some reports exude there.

There are some stupid people doing some stupid things but really, there are some worthwhile recordings there.

If you want to blow a pressure valve and go all Lynne Faulds Wood, do a search for "humber bridge". HSE would have "just exploded" Laugh





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Posted: 18/03/2010 11:15:06
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I saw a seriously scary programme a while ago, about a German team entering WW2 bunkers in Berlin.

Huge cracked roof slabs hanging down, great slopes of loose debris, stagnant water containing who knows what organic refuse, and all done with the customary Teutonic poker faces and plodding commentary.

mind you, that Tony Robinson one about Belgians entering that First War bunker was pretty scary as well.

makes 28DL almost sensible by comparison.

has to be said though, the "stigma" attaching to 28DL is well earned, at least by some of its members, and those running the site do nothing to counter it. Walks like a duck, etc.

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Posted: 18/03/2010 11:56:07
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A few of us visited Honecker's personal bunker in deepest darkest East Germany a few years back. The German lack of irony was cripplingly embarrassing as they kept referring to us out loud as the 'Tough Guy Tour' entirely without the mocking tone we'd apply to such words here...

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Posted: 18/03/2010 12:19:39
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Look, I'm all for exploring ROC posts and the like, its just that its been done into the grave. Many of the 28dl mob are good explorers (wot like we are), I just get fed up with the muppets who spoil it by doing stupid things, endangering themselves, those around them and making it difficult for the rest of us to carry on doing what we love!

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Posted: 18/03/2010 12:29:49
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Well whilst I personally find the political history of the Cold War fascinating, particularly insofar as mainland Europe is concerned, I find the physical remains a bit dull, basically square concrete rooms.
What I cannot comprehend however is why anyone should think somebody should think people shouldn't pay an interest in something just because somebody already has. The notion is plainly bizarre and if we were to follow the argument through maybe we should just seal of Smallcleugh, Cwmorthin, Box and the like given that they to have been 'done to the grave'?

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Posted: 18/03/2010 12:37:22
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But is it mine exploring?

NO!

Before anyone pipes up with the obvious, "What about the railways, docks, etc etc?" They are mine related, ROC posts etc are not! Off Topic Off Topic Off Topic
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Posted: 18/03/2010 12:52:21
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Not all are just concrete blocks try Drakelow for instance that was mined out of sandstone and is truly fascinating - a sad brit sort of way

Mike
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Posted: 18/03/2010 13:12:39
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RJV wrote:

A few of us visited Honecker's personal bunker in deepest darkest East Germany a few years back. The German lack of irony was cripplingly embarrassing as they kept referring to us out loud as the 'Tough Guy Tour' entirely without the mocking tone we'd apply to such words here...


Problem is the Germans stereotype us with phrases like 'The Bridge Of Death Of Death' type of comment, they do not realise we are taking the ****.

Must admit the 'Bridge Of Minor Technical Manoeuvre' does sound a bit low key. Laugh
IP: 86.29.124.2 Edited: 18/03/2010 13:15:11 by Morlock
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Posted: 18/03/2010 19:52:06
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JohnnearCfon wrote:

But is it mine exploring?

NO!

Before anyone pipes up with the obvious, "What about the railways, docks, etc etc?" They are mine related, ROC posts etc are not! Off Topic Off Topic Off Topic


Surely if they're man-made structures underground - they're mines??

Unless they have to be extractive industries of course ... does that mean non-productive trials aren't mines Wink
IP: 86.24.24.2 Edited: 18/03/2010 19:54:14 by Monty Stubble
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Posted: 18/03/2010 19:56:06
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Monty Stubble wrote:

JohnnearCfon wrote:

But is it mine exploring?

NO!

Before anyone pipes up with the obvious, "What about the railways, docks, etc etc?" They are mine related, ROC posts etc are not! Off Topic Off Topic Off Topic


Surely if they're man-made structures underground - they're mines??

Unless they have to be extractive industries of course ... does that mean non-productive trials aren't mines Wink


You will have flak in Wiltshire. Big Grin
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Posted: 18/03/2010 21:42:16
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I've often wondered what all those conveyor belts and rock crushers were doing in Oxford Circus tube station. Thanks for the clarification. Laugh

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Posted: 18/03/2010 23:03:43
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JohnnearCfon wrote:

But is it mine exploring?

NO!

Before anyone pipes up with the obvious, "What about the railways, docks, etc etc?" They are mine related, ROC posts etc are not! Off Topic Off Topic Off Topic



Whilst I am a cold war fanatic and have been down and photographed many ROC posts (including the Haydon Bridge one)I have to agree with JohnearCfon. Its nothing to do with mines is it Roll Eyes
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Posted: 19/03/2010 07:38:42
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I can't argue that it has anything to do with mines. But then again theres a fair amount in the "General Chat" section that doesn't, hence its name.

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Posted: 19/03/2010 20:42:10
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I've obviously stirred up a bit of controversy on this subject, I know its nothing to do with mines, but it does make a change being able to go underground and come out as clean as you went in Stupid IP: 90.216.7.249
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