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Report - NGTE Pyestock - 02/02/09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Partimer, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Partimer

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    Bit slow in posting this one up! :rolleyes:

    I was somewhat anxious going back to Pyestock after recent reports of explorers being busted... but after a failed attempt in London with Hydra, and having not seen alot of what I had visited before, we decided that another visit was on the cards. A date was set; I collected Hyrda from outer London and we sped down the M3 to Fleet.

    I had visited Hellingly a few days before, but Pyestock is a different experience. With patrolling security that do both the perimeter and inside the buildings it puts everything on edge - stealth is of most importance, whispered conversations, always being on the look out and just the sound of the buildings gets the adrenalin flowing...

    Wwe headed to Cell 3 - I wanted to show Hydra some of the highlights that I had seen on my previous visit - I had visited Pyestock solo for my first time; this time giving someone a tour of what I had seen and what I had read up on since really enriched the visit.

    1. Stealth....
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    We used the iconic pipes to head to Cell 3. I had only touched on this building last not realising that most of it had been constructed undeground.

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    The test engines were lowered into place and various subjected to various conditions.

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    I hadn't managed to gain acces to Cell 4 or the Computer Buiding on my last visit and having read about Monks Tunnel was determined to find it. A busted door a quick look around and we came up truimps!

    What step?

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    The tunnel took us under Weir Road and as I had hoped straight into Cell 4. A quick detour into the LV room brought back to me what exploring is all about... you open a door and a whole host of things just jump out at you.

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    "Restricted - Unclassified"

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    Proper old skool Switch Gear:

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    Up through the concrete passage we went to be met by an engineering feat of vastness that this photo cannot do justice.

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    Both Hydra and I stood in awe and just gawped at what met us. Although Cell4 had been bastardised for a film in the past, the engineering in here cannot fail to impress:

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    This was the place where they tested the engines for that great British icon of the 20th century - Concorde.

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    Time was getting on and we wanted to head over to the Computer Building using Monks Tunnel. On the way a quick look into another room and we found another control room.

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    And onto Monks Tunnel and the Computer Building...

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    We walked around the ground floor finding nothing but modern offices and a main frame room. I had heard that the Control Room for Cell 3 had been situated here but things were looking faily stripped. Up to the 1st floor and bingo!

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    Next onto the Air House. Getting in here was a bit exposed but the view of the cavenous space that greets you makes it worthwhile.

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    Somehow I had mised the control room in here on my last visit :rolleyes: it wasn't that hard to find. It was an opportune place to stop and have a spot of lunch as it's well soundproofed and out of the way.

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    Nice to see that each turbine had it's own electric meter!

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    And I had to admire the lengths Hydra would go to to get a certain photo!

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    Next was Exhauster No 10.

    It wouldn't surprise me to find that we no longer have the foundrys in this country to forge something like this:

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    And the old skool pneumatics were a nice find!

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    All in all a great trip to Pyestock - thanks to Hydra for coming along!
     
    #1 Partimer, Jan 11, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009

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