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Report - RAE Bedford: April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by darbians, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. darbians

    darbians 28DL Regular User
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    Well after seeing some shots from here I had to pay a visit and see it for my self. Can't beat a bit of control room porn.
    A large wind tunnel site that has been closed for a number if years now. Sadly most of the wind tunnels have been removed other than one which is now used by Red Bull.
    First we visit the 8ftx8ft wind tunnel. Just a few images as its been seen a few times.
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    From what I can gather this is the control room for the oil supply for the site.
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    Then the control room for the power generating unit.
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    This is where the fan was based the large circles are where the tunnel left and returned into the building.
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    We then wander around the site and find access to another building. Unsure of what was to be found here I was pleasently surprised. I have since learned this is the 3ft x 3ft supersonic wind tunnel.
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    After making access we find ourselves in this corridor. Parquet flooring and peeling paint, this shows some promise.
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    We wander around and end find this large hall with a fair amount of flooding. This is where the wind tunnel was, from what I can tell this was kept internally and some of it was set in what is now this flooded area.
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    Then we spot the observation room.
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    Wandering around there is lots of peeling paint.
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    Then we find a workshop.
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    And more peeling paint.
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    While taking the previous shot my nosey girlfriend who is enjoying her first explore is climbing some ladders and finds this :D
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    Then I climb back down the ladder and shoot this small workshop.
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    I leave you with some more peeling paint and a small skylight.
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    Thanks for looking I enjoyed the 3ft x 3ft building a lot more, the control room is not as epic as the ones we have seen before but overall there is a lot more to see in my opinion which is why this report is mainly based on that building.

    To see the full set from here check out RAE Bedford on my website.​
     

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Very nice, i wondered why only a few people had shots of the blue one. Must go back and finish my explore off sometime!
     
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    Bang tidy, didn't even know that third control room exists
     
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    I liked this place. Didn't see the room with the electric conductors. Capacitors? Tesla?
     
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  5. darbians

    darbians 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks, I never seen it before. Only see it while doing research. There was loads of old images on photobucket.
     
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    Thanks mate, nor did I until I see it. Its rather nice.
     
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    darbians 28DL Regular User
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    They are in the same building as the third control room. A loft space to the left of the front door/staircase. Definitely some of the other buildings could be worth checking out. Tried everyone but had no luck.
     
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    There was a secca on the other bits wandering about when we went, comedy timing really as he'd just started to mooch about as we were approaching at silly o'clock

    Of course this was a good few years back now, and a lot seems to have changed, good effort and some decent pics :thumb
     
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  9. norfolkexplorer

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    Nice work. Loving that peeling paint
     
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    Nicely done, always admired the control panels here.

    Urbex buzzphrase / buzzword bingo
     
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    wow this is superb...really really great mate
     
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  12. Els

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    Yea it's good to see the "other building" finally cracked ;):thumb
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. There could well be some more bits worth seeing. Never had any luck tho.
     
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    Ohhh that i like, you cant beat a bit of control room porn. love your web site too mate, very informative.
     
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    It's been done before. Unfortunately not by somone who does proper reports tho.

     
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