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Report - RRH Neatishead - October 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Zyge, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Zyge

    Zyge 28DL Full Member
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    The Remote Radar Head Neatishead (formerly RAF Neatishead) is the current home to a radar musuem, a couple of RAF radar antennas (which are still active and we were disuaded to point out cameras at during the visit) and a type R3 ROTOR Nuclear Bunker, as well as an R12 Bunker. The site is up for auction in 2012-13 and is hoped to go for £2.5 million after a previous, unsuccessful, attempt to sell it for £4 million in 2010. A rare opportunity to go and see the bunker was arranged by Sophos9 (thanks once again!) and our guide was a former maintenance engineer who knew the whole bunker inside out. As the future of the site is unclear and possibly going to be sold to a private company which will make it harder to gain access to so this is my attempt to a comprehensive first report on the site.

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    These house the escape routes for the bunker.

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    The ventilation bunker

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    The bungalow on the left gives access to the bunker. Inside is a reception with 2 inch thick bullet-proof glass. The listed radar can be seen in the background

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    Inside the bungalow is a map of the bunker. The stairwell leads to the area in the bottom left.

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    The first corridor is angled to remove the energy from a direct nuclear strike on the bunker. On the right hand side is a rope to guide people out in case of fire/electricity failure. There are short and long lengths of string to make sure the follower doesn't go the wrong way!

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    The first blast door and entrance to the substation

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    Decontamination Control Room: Situated between two blast doors, high pressue from the bunker stopping any outside particles getting in.

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    The circuit diagram showing the EMP shielded zone

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    The entire floor was suspended above the concrete bunker with electric cabling between

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    A rose dedicated to 2 firemen who lost their lives tackling a fire emanating from the lower bunker in the 1960s

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    Door to the Frame Room

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    The lower bunker is totally encased in a metal Faraday cage to shield it from any electromagnetic pulses which can be seen through this grill

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    Lower Operations Room: The plywood planks are where the consoles were located.

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    Plant Room: Temperature gauges

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    Plant Room: Extractor Fan control panel

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    Another blast door that protected the Upper Control Room. Further down the corridor were regular holes drilled into the wall. As there were no dorms or bedrooms, fold-up beds would be suspended from the holes in columns of three.

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    Water tanks: Connected to the mains but also served by a local borehole in case of emergencies

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    Exhaust Air Outlet: Designed to cool air before it was extracted to the outside and therefore reducing the bunker's heat signature

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    Upper Operations Door

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    Upper Operations Door: These seals were on everything!

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    These strange triangles were all over the bunker. No idea what they were for.

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    The entire bunker was governed by old fasioned valves as modern computers were susceptible to EMP

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    Upper Operations Room: Once again the plywood covers are where consoles used to be with the projection screen at the back

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    Air Intake/Extraction Corridor: These flanked the main generator room. Very weird room. Looks space age.

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    Diesel Pumps: These were used to power the backup generator were the main (National Grid connected) generators were to fail

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    Generator Pump Control Unit

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    Fan Chamber that served the Generator Room

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    Generator Room: Although the diesel generators are long gone, the plinths where the stood can be seen.

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    Air Intake/Extraction Room: Possibly the strangest room in the whole bunker!

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    And finally, a little bit of an arty one.
     

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