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Report - RNAD Broughton Moor - July 2013.

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Troll, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Troll

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    After a week's holiday in Scotland, when I didn't even get the chance to to do the local ROC post in Fort William, the wife and I headed south for week two.
    I had no plans for a trip out until I saw this place on the OS map I'd bought. In fact I'd no idea it even existed but after a quick Google search I decided that it would be too good an opportunity to miss.

    Put simply this place is huge. Over 1000 acres and 300+ plus buildings to explore. Check out this link for an ariel photo.

    Broughton Moor | Visit Cumbria

    I was on site for nearly 3 hours and don't think I saw any more than than a quarter of what there is to see.

    The depot was opened during WW2 on the site of a former colliery. It was decommissioned in 1992 after which the site was bought by the local council from the MOD for £1.

    It was connected to railway network via a branch line from Workington and the various sheds and bunkers were served by a narrow gauge railway system that criss crossed the site.

    In 1944 a huge explosion in the traverse laboratories killed 11 people and injured a further 70.

    Well worth the effort of a visit if you are in the area but if you wanna see it all it'll probably take up most of a day.

    Here are the best of the pics.

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    There are many sheds of this design on the site. Very flimsy in construction with an earth blast bank surrounding them.
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    Inside "The Cow Shed". See below.
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    An emergency shelter?
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    Very primitive toilet facilities.
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    Standard and narrow gauge tracks side by side
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    From blast banks to blast proof walls
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    Inside the walls
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    The lab buildings. Surrounded by blast banks.
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    Emergency exit from the labs
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    These security bulls turned up during my visit. Damn they were funny. See link below.

    Security at RNAD Broughton Moor - YouTube

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    #1 Troll, Aug 18, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

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