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Report - ROF Bishopton - Scotland - Dec 2011

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Momentum, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Momentum

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    Visited with chiroptera & Teapot.

    Our visit was only enough to scratch the surface of this enormous site and Ben has already covered it extensively so I'm not going to attempt to give a comprehensive history, merely a collection of my favourite pictures from the day.

    Brief history of the site:
    ROF Bishopton consisted of 3 almost self-contained munitions factories, producing cordite for the army and the RAF during WW2. The three factories opened between December 1940 and April 1941. The site was privatised in the 80s but explosives production continued at the site until around 2000. The site is now owned by BAE Systems, who use part of it for explosives testing. Another part is being demolished, with the intention of creating a housing development :(

    Onwards with pictures!

    [1] Wouldn't want to be anywhere near this place if there had been a fire when it was active.
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    [2] So much machinery, so little time...
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    [3] Chiroptera in the distance.
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    [4] The place is massive, we ignored loads of stuff that would have been the focus of attention anywhere else.
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    [5] This room was huge, dominated by massive vats.
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    [10] Can never resist a corridor shot...
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    [11] It appears that parts of this building have been stripped out in preparation for demolition. If this place is on your list, you might not want to leave it too much longer.
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    [12] This amused me greatly. The warning reads "Danger - Deep Drop Below".
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    [13]
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    [14] By now, we've only been in a couple of buildings in one corner of one of the factories...
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    [18] Found this place tucked away in the forest.
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    [19] No end of good "28" shots to be had, but they're not going up anywhere public.
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    [20] Another building of the same type.
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    [21] One of the drum blenders
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    [22] The pictures end rather abruptly in one of the white phosphorus sections as we had a bit of an encounter. Think we need to work on our technique for crossing roads in hostile territory...
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    [23] After seeing the training area at Glen Fruin we decided our explores need more chalk diagrams, so we did this for our debrief.
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    Thanks for looking. Again, I won't have access to this so if you have any questions PM me or ask chiroptera.
     

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  2. chiroptera

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    Ah, what a fun day :D

    Will pass on comments to Momentum. :)
     
    #2 chiroptera, Dec 27, 2011
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  3. chiroptera

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    This was definitely one of my favourite explores so far - it's quite an overwhelming site. We spent several hours there and only managed to see a very small part. A return trip might be necessary ...

    Here are some of my pictures:

    [1] One of the first buildings we went into
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    [2]
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    [3] Demolition work is ongoing at the moment ...
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    [4] ... but there is still lots of good stuff left
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    [8] This was my favourite part ...
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    [9] ... a massive hall full of industrial goodness
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    [11] Where's Teapot? (he's somewhere in this picture...)
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    [14] Made in Edinburgh
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    [15] A long row of these baths
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    [16] Obligatory corridor shot
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    [17] Some of the vats have been removed, leaving big holes in the floor
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    [18] Lots of vats ...
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    [19] ... 54 vats, to be exact
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    [21] More demolition
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    [22] Railway tracks
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    [23] Sandwich break
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    [24] Controls ...
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    [25] ... for these presses
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    [26] Came across this in a mostly empty building
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    [27] Cooling tower and boiler house (next to the smoke stack) in the distance
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    [28] White phosporus building
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    [29] Boiler house
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    We were about to cross a road next to the boiler house when security drove around the corner :eek: ... needless to say, we quickly changed direction. After this rather close call, we decided to call it a day and GTFO. About 1.5 hours later - after another very close call, hiding in buildings and bunkers, getting spotted by security again, and walking about 2 miles - we had finally reached our access point and left the site. Success!
     

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