By TheBaronof Scotland
Day 1 of a very memorable trip, wanted to do this for so long and as such the opportunity arose a few weeks back to make it happen.
With it being very short notice, I went on my own and joined a public tour for 2 days, with 5 other folk, only 1 other person taking pictures !! time was limited in each location as we tried to cram in as many different locations as possible.
As such I only had approx 45 mins in here............. first of a few reports to follow of each place i thought worthy of a report
By TheBaronof Scotland
Havent posted for an age but saw another excellent report and inspired me to post again (after sorting out resizing issue I had months ago (thanks andyK))
Fun time, few hours tour inside, with a group of 8 of whom only 3 of us where taking photos
Going Shopping In Pripyat, (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone), Ukraine- Oct 2016
Apologies for the photos here! These were all shot on an phone as my DSLR had completely succumbed to the damp weather by this point and was acting as a weight in my bag!!
So, our last day in Pripyat, we were dropped off outside the former Hair Salon and Chemists and sent on our way to explore what we wanted for 2 hours. I had my dosimeter on hand as a lot of walking was needed through the woods for the lesser seen things; things which may be overlooked by normal tours because they are small and tucked away, but full of old gems!
Pripyat was one of the more privileged places in The Soviet Union because of the Power Plant. For example; it was one of the only places you could get Chanel No. 1, and various quality Western Goods, second only to Moscow, Russia.
We know from before that Pripyat was a city of privilege and culture, where pianos were commonplace in many buildings and our first stop was to a Piano shop tucked in the shopping district of Pripyat. Pianos in here as far as the eye can see; but none were in particular great shape after 30 years of being left to the elements.
Its funny, its hard to picture Pripyat as being anything but a city with lots of buildings among the shrubbery, but these buildings were once on concrete plains with massive roads and wide open spaces. The trees were all saplings
or young when Pripyat was evacuated. Its interesting to see how nature has taken over.
Behind the Piano Shop was an Electrical Goods Shop which housed many models of appliance which could also be found inside the apartment blocks within The Zone; a good marker of the standardisation within the Soviet Union. Situated behind the white goods shop was a large Meat and Dairy Supermarket with all of its chillers still inside. These would have been emptied in 1987 and the food buried by the Female Liquidators to stop the spread of infectious diseases
from the perishable goods within.
After doing these shops, it was onto Pripyats Hair Salon and finally the chemists which was in the same building but on the Ground Floor
Pripyat Piano Shop
Meat and Dairy Market
Pripyat Hair Salon
As always guys, its been a pleasure, thanks for looking; sorry for the iphone pics! DSLR has been replaced, I have gone from Sony to Canon!
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Control Rooms and Turbine Halls, Reactor Number 2, V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant (Chernobyl), Ukraine - Oct 2016By Landie_Man
Reactor Number 2- V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station (Chernobyl)
Well, you will all have to forgive on my photo quality here! Both my DSLR bodies card readers FAILED this morning at the worst possible moment, so it was iPhone to the rescue. I have fixed them as best I can but some are slightly Noisy I'm afraid! The wet weather and knocks that these bodies sustained put an end to them!
I have to confess that; for the days leading up to this, was slightly concerned about this one at first but I needn't be. I suppose going into a Nuclear Reactor (not the core of course) was an unknown, scary prospect. It was the one and only place that we required to be suited and booted, and this was to minimize contamination through radioactive dust landing on our clothes, and we were chaperoned at all times. It was an interesting experience to say the least, and we had a long talk in one of the Visitors Centres there about the future of the site, what was being done, and a close up tour of The New Safe Confinement (More about that below)
Reactor 2; a Soviet made "RBMK-1000" Nuclear Reactor; capable at the time of 1,000MW, was opened after completion in 1978; one year after the first reactor was completed in 1977.
Reactor 2 continued to operate long past the 1986 accident and right up until a fire in one of its turbine rooms closed it in 1991.
The Control Room and turbine halls are down a 1,926ft (600m) corridor in front of the reactor room which much like almost every other room and corridor in the plant, is painted golden!
One can only imagine the terror, panic and rush among these "Golden Miles" within all four reactors on that day in 1986! Especially Number 4!
It was interesting to see the colourful button panel (pictured), which would have once lowered Graphite Control Rods into the Reactor.
We were also shown a basic insight into how a Nuclear Reactor operated.
Sadly it was very busy in here and getting shots with no one in them was not easy!
RBMK-100 Control Rooms (Reactor 2)
The all important Control Rod Buttons!
Corridors to Control Rooms and Turbine Halls (including one of The Golden Corridors)
Around the Reactors
We weren't allowed to visit Reactor 4; the one which exploded in 1986, something which I am fairly pleased about!
Pictured above is the remains of the exploded Reactor 4 in its original 1986 "Sarcophagus" which was designed to last 30 years and has since been replaced by a 2 Billion Pound, 30,000ton cover which has been designed to last 100 years and enable workmen to begin dismantling the failed Unit 4. Please follow links at the bottom for more information. Pictured immediately below is a Cross-Section Model of Unit 4.
As always guys, thank you for your continued support
For More information on the New Safe Confinement which was moved in place at the end of November 2016 Please follow this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157674395924951
For More of Reactor Number 2, follow: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157674378131372