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Report - Longbridge Tunnels - Birmingham - Nov - 2015

Lenston

Bajo Tierra
Regular User
#1
Visited with Wellingtonian.

Done a good few times before but a good mooch for an hour or 2.

Some History

The ‘Shadow Factory Tunnels’ are the remnants of Lord Austin’s secret plans that were hatched to bolster British military might in the face of German military aggression in the arms race that led up to the start of the Second World War.
This was where munitions workers produced the Merlin engines that powered the Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes used to regain control of the British skies during the Battle of Britain in 1940.

The Shadow Scheme involved two parts - building nine new factories and extending existing factories - including the Longbridge plant.
Australian-born industrialist and Conservative MP, Lord Austin - also the founder of Austin Motors - had already contributed to the war effort in the First World War, turning his factories to munitions and engine production.
After the war, the factory returned to producing automobiles and the tunnels were abandoned.
By the late 1960s, the Longbridge plant was the second largest car plant in the world.
But since the collapse of MG Rover, part of the site was redeveloped for housing and commercial purposes


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Thanks for looking​
 

dweeb

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#2
Lovely crisp photos.

I was looking at my original set the other day, my god torches have come on leaps and bounds! We were still using mag lights and "search blaster" the first time we wend down!!
 

trailboss99

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#7
Lovely crisp photos.

I was looking at my original set the other day, my god torches have come on leaps and bounds! We were still using mag lights and "search blaster" the first time we wend down!!
Heh, I pulled my close on 30 year old 5D maglight out the other day and even with the Magstar bulb my little PD25 Fenix on it's second setting is far brighter than the old girl . Yes illumination has come along in leaps and bounds. Heck, I bought a $35 (complete with charger and batts) LED jigger from Ali a while back that does close to 3000 lumen, I doubt the Maglight does more then 60 :D
 

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