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Report - Deepdene WW2 Southern Railway Traffic Control Centre, April 2013.

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Ojay, May 10, 2013.

  1. Ojay

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    Deepdene WW2 Southern Railway Traffic Control Centre


    After spending the night baking cupcakes whilst bauhausgirl troll'd the internet she insisted I took a look at Deepdene

    Funnily enough I had already spoken to canute a week earlier who also suggested I should go and take a look, knowing I like all things bunker related

    In the end bhg bowed out as she had to decorate the cup cakes I spent all night baking :D

    Cue soylent green who rocked up at some un-godly hour (Bear in mind this was the start of a messy Leicester piss up and I really did need my beauty sleep)..

    Canute had already sent me a map to avoid traipsing around the jungle a further 7 days however it wasn't required as SG sort of had a short cut already sussed from a previous visit :rolleyes:

    The first clue that something military related was/is nearby is the presence of anti-tank blocks


    Externals of a few bits I bothered to take some snaps of..

    > Boiler Room


    > Entrance No.2


    > Entrance No.3


    > Emergency Exit


    (Pic borrowed with kind permission from canute), cheers :thumb

    Once inside we spent a good hour or so navigating the tunnels and each room in turn, here a few more snaps...

    R14 leading to Entrance No.1


    A West-East passage runs through 3 rooms..

    R10 looking back upto R14 and R13 on the left






    A doorway leads into R5 (Switchboards), this was the main hub of the control centre with tunnels leading off in three directions

    (Against one wall are the remains of three floor standing switchboards)



    ^ Another doorway leads into R6 (Battery Room), which still has battery terminals on the walls and would probably have contained the back up power supply for the telecommunications equipment

    There is a dog leg to the South leading to Entrance No.3 and the external boiler house


    R4 contains the rusting Main Distribution Frame with some of the panels still in place

    (Marked up as 'Exchange' on the Plan)



    R3 is a 10ft square tunnel with a concrete roof supported on steel girders

    (Looking along R3 into R2)


    There is a junction with R7 half way along the West wall that also carries the ventilation ducting

    R7 (Wartime Control Room), now stripped of all original fixtures & fittings


    ..and in operation


    R2 is approx 30ft long with an arched concrete roof supported by steel hoops; aside from the ventilation ducting high on one wall and an old telecommunications box on the floor this room is empty


    R1 is the Ventilation Plant

    The tunnels were well ventilated and the temperature was regulated by radiators in each room


    This leads to the 79 step spiral staircase within a 60ft vertical shaft which provided an air inlet and the Emergency Exit at the rear of the complex


    Massive shouts to bauhausgirl/soylent green & canute :thumbs

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