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Report (Permission Visit) Woking railway electrical control room - surrey - sept 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by soylent green, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. soylent green

    soylent green 28DL Regular User
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    Visited this great site on the English Heritage open day. I had seen the building as i passed it on the train but never knew what it was, that is until i had a conversation with Bhg last year, had a look around the place last Sept and decided i needed to head back this year. The Control room is not used anymore but the building itself is still manned 24/7 365 days a year. I got a mini tour from the guy who worked in the control room until it closed in 1997. The place is incredible ,Art Deco in style, it is open just one day a year which is a real shame, although only about 70 people came through the doors all day. It reminded me a bit of the 02 arena inside the Millennium Dome, a building inside a building

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    Built in 1936 by the Swedish firm Asean, it is constructed with the toughest bricks ( apparently it took three days and a number of cutters to cut a hole for a door ) and concrete and has a typical ArtDeco flat roof. The powers that be must of had some idea that war was coming because this is a seriously strong building. Woking was one of five control rooms built around the same time, most of similar construction but Woking outlasted them all and finally closed back in 1997.

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    would of pressed all the red buttons!! looks awesome mate nice one
     
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    very intersting looking place , what a job too it must have been to work there playing with a giant train set
     
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    This place looks awesome! I wish I had seen it on the heritage day website, hopefully it'll be open again next year.

    If I ever have to a job at a desk I want it to be this one!
     
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    That's a real time capsule. It's unbelievably mint :thumb
     
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    That's an amazing place, never knew it existed. I take it it's not working but the power is on?

    Also, where are the other four? and are they still standing?
     
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    Stunning, can't believe I've never heard of this.
     
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    Stunning is the world,brilliantly captured too,top job!
     
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    What an amazing place. Wasn't the conversion of another the subject of a Grand Designs episode a few years back?
     
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    I'm sure it we be open next year mate,well worth a look:thumb
     
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    The Control room isn't used and they put the lights on for show only. I have to hold my hands up and admit i don't know the whereabouts of the other Control rooms. The guy showing me around did mention the names and showed me some pictures of one ,which was of a similar design, its still standing but is empty, i just can't remember the names. If anyone can come up with the locations that would be good:thumb
     
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    Id like one for me house!
     
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