Baikonur cosmodrome. Kazakhstan.
I took a look around this place back in March and posted it on another UE site but since joining up on here I thought I'd share it on here as well
After reading in the local rag (Leyland Guardian) that planning permission has been submitted and is very likely to be passed on building 750 homes and employment units, I decided to get a look at the old girl again before she disappears for good just like the rest of Leyland's industrial heritage.
Not much history is written about this place but from what I can gather, it was built in the mid to late 70s as a replacement for the 1st Test Track that was situated off Hall Lane in Leyland. As Leyland was considered one of Britain's biggest industrial towns with the Motors site taking up most of the town, it is pretty sad to see that hardly any traces of it remain. We are bombarded with reminders of Leyland's illustrious past and rich industrial heritage yet it's being mothballed to an extent that hardly any of the workers from Leyland Motors barely recognise. Upto now, this unique site has survived the bulldozers but not so much the Pikeys. A lot of the drain covers have been stolen, leaving dangerous 7-10ft drops at the side of the track and the workshop has suffered considerable damage since I visited here in March.
Anyways, on with the pictures...
Just as you get through the access point, look to the left and you're greeted by this which I thought was quite amusing.
Seeing as the Leyland Cross cobbles were covered over in the last two years, I'd say these are the last set of cobbles in Leyland.
I wonder if this is the original sign...
Where once there was industry
I think this safety barrier might've been pikeyed a bit.
Those sweeping corners and high cambers would make for a huge amount of fun around here.
This is the bridge that was used to gain access from the roads to test the trucks and buses.
A look out from the bridge.
The Eyes That No Longer See.
Finally, the Track begins to Give Way to nature.
Thanks for looking...
By TheBaronof Scotland
Family holiday, got a day to myself with the camera
This place was huge and I know I only covered 40% ish, the site covers a few miles and in 35 degree heat I felt I had done enough in 3 hours, but maybe a return next year to cover the other bits.
I honestly stripped this down from 70+ plus shots
There was almost a higher ranking living area once passed the main gate
the only real graffiti I saw
old statue knocked down
Outdoor bath for higher ranking personal
Another checkpoint ?
A very hot and long road to the rest of the base
entrance to an underground area
more underground entrances
led to this
directly beneath this
Then I found the long tunnel !!!
which became this, gotta say, I`m not a fan of underground and this was maybe 200m long with a few off shoots to the cliff sides
up top I found this
then the long walk back to the car
By TheBaronof Scotland
visited with Stussy on a mild day in March
Its not been shut too long and being honest lacked the decay I love, however, it was fun and a bit surreal as it was so intact
other parts to it but looked alarmed so happy with this................. for now