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Report - Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) - Crowthorne - July 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by de_kebab, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. de_kebab

    de_kebab 28DL Full Member
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    TRL Limited, trading as the Transport Research Laboratory, is a fully independent private company offering a transport consultancy and research service to the public and private sector. Originally established in 1933 by the UK Government as the Road Research Laboratory (RRL), it was privatised in 1996.
    During the Second World War the Laboratory contributed to the war effort. Among its contributions, under William Glanville, were research that aided the development of plastic armour, the bouncing bomb and the Disney bomb.
    In the 1970s, the TRRL moved from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department of the Environment
    At the TRRL, Frank Blackamore developed the mini-roundabout which was adopted in 1975.
    It became an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport in 1992 and changed its name to Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). It was privatised in 1996, though plans were criticized at the time

    Report.

    Access was pretty easy. We first arrived at one of the old testing warehouses that had been shut down a couple of years ago. The building was in pretty good shape apart from a few vandals that had thrown a brick through the office window.

    Was interesting to go through some of the papers reading the tests that had been performed on various vehicles.

    Was cool to see the old test track and various other buildings – was almost like walking on abandoned roads with the old road signs and various car parts. Regret not bringing a bike in or similar as it was A LOT of walking around the site. The entire site is absolutely huge and we didn’t get to see everything unfortunately as the main part of the site was still active (As of this minute now the entire site is empty and they are preparing for demolition very soon).

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    Cheers for taking a look! :thumb
     

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  2. Session9

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    Interesting, nice set there..
     
  3. mockney reject

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    Such a shame to see it like this :(

    Back in the late 90's early 2000's I attended many Volkswagen shows here
     
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    Very interesting that, something quite different, cheers for sharing :)
     
  5. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Nice! Always wanted to have a wander around one of these places.
     
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