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  1. all that remains of a decoy airfield small bunker type construction with a searchlight mounted on top and a small room at the back to house a gennerator fires would have been light at night at this location to fool the german bombers to target here instead of the real site a few miles away the searchlight platform is now fallien off and just a pile of bricks and metal thanks for looking
  2. As the title says Thought of it when I found a load today of explores I did years ago.A quick commentry as to why would be good too. I think this was my first trip to West Park. It had been started the night before in the neigthbouring park, progressed to dodging the PIRs and then the infamous MC hammer. Good times.
  3. This was another one of those what the fuck just happened moments in my life. So I was on my way back from (not so) sunny South Wales with @The_Raw @extreme_ironing and @sentinel after visiting @Lenston when I got a call from a very excited @Frosty. "Mail Rail is doable." I know by now if he says something is possible then he's normally right. We had looked at ways into the network on many many occasions, each time being thwarted at the 11th hour by something so this was high on our list and deserved all our attention. Initially like a fool I passed on this trip. Well I was supposed to be at work early the next day and I was, for want of a better word, fucked. An enthusiastic night out drinking the night before had definitely taken it's toll. However on my home to sunny(er) Kent after dropping some people off in London, I realised what an immense idiot I was being and 4 hours later found myself back where I had just been with the people I had just been with (minus @sentinel who was sleeping off his weekend) emerging into the gloomy depths of the abandoned tunnels. It was an insane day. The Post office Railway (or Mail rail as it became known) is for many considered the 'holy grail' of exploration, especially in London. I can understand why, you've got an entire abandoned miniature underground railway complete with stations, rolling stock, miles of tunnel and the powers still on. It's pretty cool. You can walk for miles under London's streets and not really know where you are and it's also not that easy to access. It was constructed in the early part of the 20th century to link together some of the main London sorting offices and alleviate delays that occurred in moving mail around London on the surface. Construction started in 1915, but was suspended just over a year later due to labour shortages. The line was eventually completed and became available for use during 1927 and was in service from February 1928 onward. I could go into the detailed history of the railway and it's design, but I'd be writing for ages and there's plenty online about it if you want to do some research. Needless to say that by the early 2000's the system was in need of major investment to keep it working efficiently and now only had 3 stations out of the original 7 due to relocation of the sorting offices above. In 2003 the railway was officially mothballed, but has more-or-less been totally abandoned. It would take a significant injection of cash to even think about bringing it back into service and there wouldn't be much point as there's now only 2 live sorting offices located on the route, pity. In October 2013 the British postal museum announced plans to open part of the network to the public and indeed this is pressing ahead. In the coming years it will be possible to visit the station and workshops at Mount Pleasant and (apparently) go on a short train ride round one of the loops. I'm actually pleased at least part of the system is being preserved because it is a unique place and deserves it's place in history. I just hope they do a good job and don't make it too gimmicky. What you see here is only a small section of the line from Rathbone place to Mount Pleasant. I needed to get home so I left after we reached Mount Pleasant. Regretted it ever since because try thou we might we've not managed to get back in, but we have got oh so close (oh you have no idea!) So on with some photos. It won't be anything you've not seen before, but here is my take on the Post Office Railway. Rathbone station is now a tad damp because of the building work going on above it. Typical tunnel section twin tracks Before the stations, the twin tracks break into two smaller tunnels and split apart to go either side of the platform. This was actually an abandoned tunnel to the original western district office which was re-located in 1958. The abandoned tunnel was used as a siding to store locomotives and wagons in. Trains in tunnels Just before Mount Pleasant station, you have these massive doors, which I'm lead to believe are for flood protection. Coming up to Mount Pleasant And that's as far as I went. Thanks for Looking! Maniac.
  4. The beautiful post-apocalyptic page field mill - Video Report
  5. The Post Office Railway, also known as Mail Rail, is a driverless underground railway 6 1⁄2 miles (10.5 km) long from Paddington to Whitechapel built to move mail between sorting offices. Inspired by the Chicago Tunnel Company, it operated from 1927 until 2003. Construction of the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge tunnels started in February 1915 from a series of shafts. During 1917 work was suspended due to the shortage of labour and materials. By June 1924 track laying had started. In February 1927 the first section, between Paddington and the West Central District Office, was made available for training. The line became available for the Christmas parcel post in 1927 and letters were carried from February 1928. A Royal Mail press release in April 2003 said that the railway would be closed and mothballed at the end of May that year. Royal Mail had earlier stated that using the railway was five times more expensive than using road transport for the same task. Despite a report by the Greater London Authority in support of continued use, the railway was closed in the early hours of 31 May 2003. It has sat disused ever since but there are plans to open a museum in 2016. When I first got into this exploring malarkey one of the first people I met was a train geek who was obsessed with getting into mail rail. In fact the only reason he got into exploring was to find his way inside there. I'd never even heard of it at the time but it quickly went top of my list. We spent hours discussing how we could find an access point but we never really got any further than wandering around outside sorting offices peeking through fences. Silent UK's blog was a point of reference for us at the time yet mysteriously got taken offline not long after we'd seen it. Rumours circled that it had been taken down by the authorities and that individuals were facing legal action over it. It became clear that this site was going to be a force to be reckoned with. Around this time I was told by somebody that the one and only place we were really interested in trying was completely sealed and that nobody would ever be getting in that way. My friend at the time didn't hang around on the exploring scene for much longer after that. Roll on a couple of years later however and that is exactly the way that a load of us got in! More thanks to a tip off rather than a stroke of genius but who cares. Cheers to the guys who came along and made the night happen, one of the best nights exploring I've ever had. We covered about two thirds of the network that night I think. It was thirsty work for a group with nothing more than a 2L bottle of Fanta between us. This was a special one that took a couple of days afterwards to really sink in and even looking through my photos now makes me smile from ear to ear! My pics are a little bit jumbled up and a mixture of quality but the best I could come up with, hope you enjoy! 1. New Oxford Street station 2. 3. 4. Emergency escape shaft 5. 6. 7. King Edward Street station, a very derelict feel to this one 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Various sections of tunnel and midget trains 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Floodgate Door 18. 19. 20. ....and last but not least, Mount Pleasant sorting office, where you just have to try and ignore the infrared cameras everywhere and go about your business even though you can hear London's busiest sorting office in action right above your head! Crazy in there 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. So that's Mail Rail. We saw a lot more of it than I've shown, some of my pics came out too naff and some things I didn't photograph because we were too pushed for time. It is one cool ass place to explore and I can only wish that one day I get the chance to see it again. Thanks again to all involved
  6. A post-apocalyptic look into Granada Studios old coronation street set! I felt I had to do this one considering I am a Mancunian and all, but sometimes these expeditions don't always go to plan.
  7. I wont bore you with too much history, this place has been done before, and has been done better than my attempt. I just want to share some of my stuff, and hopefully get to know some people on the forum as I am pretty new to urbex. HISTORY: St Joseph's College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary in Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992. My Version = I was planning on visiting Crank Caverns with a few friends to start our exploring adventures with an easy location, but on route, I found the College. We parked quite a bit away from the main road into the spot, so I dont even know what that side looks like, but I will be returning. We approached through the woods, down a public footpath and arrived at the amazing building. We spent around 15 minutes taking a few snaps, looking at possible entrance points, but by the time we made it around to the cemetary, a friendly security guard came around and informed us that we were trespassing and had to leave. We had a bit of a chat with the friendly bloke before heading off on our way with a bit more information. My friends and I also run a facebook page where we post all of our outdoorsy stuff, bikes, urbex, 4x4ing, anything really. https://www.facebook.com/0151outdoors/ Anyway, heres some pictures, if anyone here can shed some light on approaching this place with more chance of success, give me a message please.
  8. Just chucking this back up as redoing all my reports, visited with fortknox0, history is on his report, truely a special place! Sorry its pic heavy! Frosty.
  9. Hello. I was trying to make a post and share some images. First I tried to link from my dropbox account but it would not accept the link. Then I uploaded them to Imgur then copied the forum link, pasted it in "insert image from URL" and nothing happened. Acted like it was loaded but froze up. Any help is appreciated.
  10. Seeing Landie mans report spurred me on to visit this stunning lump of 1930s building situated right in the middle of Leicester on Bishops Street. After getting in with a bit of a faff and a lot of noise we found ourselves in the main hall as the sky brightened, and what a wonderful place this is. It closed in 2008 after being bought by Leicester City Council and the future, subject to planning permission is conversion into yet more awful student accomodation. The developers had hoped to have it ready in September 2014 but it obviously didn't happen. I loved this place, it's truly stunning. Visited with OverArch and jo on a day full of top class derping. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650463447332/
  11. Wow. Just Wow. This place is incredible; I could have spent a whole day in here and camped over! My God, why do they not build such luscious Post Offices anymore?! This Art Deco Post Office in The Midlands in England opened in 1935 and was built from coarse grained De Lank Granite. By 1954 this was the first post office in the UK to have a machine that informed package senders the postage to anywhere in the world. The site closed its doors in November 2007 and has sat ever since. It costs the taxpayer £30,000 a year and was sold to the City Council for £1.4 Million ($2.12 Million) in 2008 There was talk about demolition to make way for student accommodation. I would be very sad if that happened. Please excuse my awful, noisy photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 Sorry about the noise, will return soon!
  12. This is the first post I've been in that isn't flooded and/or have dead animals at the bottom of the shaft. The post is a brief walk across a field and is wide open, I tried to shut the hatch before leaving but it just wasn't closing .
  13. My first report here so hope you enjoy. Spurn is already an evocative place by virtue of it's itinerant nature. Add to this WW1 and WW2 remains gradually crumbling into the Sea, or being swallowed in sand, both above and below ground, and you've got a great day's exploring ahead. This shingle and sand peninsula changes position and shape in a cycle due to tidal forces. The rapid erosion rate on this entire coast is alarming. A fuller explanation of the 'science' of Spurn is given in Jan Crowther's book 'The People along the sand'. I was in the good company of Rich Cooper, my host and guide for the weekend. Having been here several times before, Rich's knowledge of the area made easy work of locating the various treasures although he was to be twice surprised by finds he'd missed out on previously for one reason or another. We looked at the whole area from Kilnsea and the Godwin Battery right down the 3 �mile long peninsula which narrows to around 50 yards in places and tenuously separates the Humber from the North Sea. We visited on the eve of the Armistice which remained in our thoughts throughout the day. Pillbox �Lozenge e02903 At a bend in Easington Road near Kilnsea and slowly collapsing into the river estuary. 'Murray's' Post �Redoubt or Infantry Post e02355 A garrisoned stronghold and part of the outer landward defences for the Godwin Battery. Included a fighting and communications trench system running due east from the post for 150 yards which looks to have had concrete lined sections. In the post itself, the lower section is flooded some 3 feet deep and the concrete canopy above the firing positions has cracked and fallen or, more accurately, dropped a few feet in places. Vickers MMG rear pivot mount, WW2 addition Following the trench back leads to a brick-lined tunnel (at 53.623281�, 0.138533�) giving access to the Battery, sadly completely flooded. Godwin Battery �e07062 � Coast Artillery Battery, part destroyed �Important coastal battery, named in honour of Major General Godwin, constructed in 1914 to strengthen the outer defences of the Humber and house two Mk.IV guns on Mk.V mountings. The Battery was protected by a sea wall300yds long around the site to protect from the advancing sea. Behindthis two 9.2�BL guns were mounted in circular concrete pits c100yds apart. Between the guns were the underground magazine, crewshelters and workshops, the magazine roof being 5ft thick.� - Source English Heritage document �Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey, Bempton to DonnaNook Some images from Jan Crowther's book 'The people along the sand' Godwin 1917 Murray's Post can be seen NW of the Battery Blockhouse South Gun Emplacement This was once attached to the magazines, workshops and shelters now resting on the beach below North Gun emplacement Magazine You really can't appreciate the scale of this Battery from pics, you need to go there. It's sister Battery, Spurn Fort and two other Batteries will be covered in subsequent threads. ..............................to be continued...................................
  14. finanly i found an open post i was rather exited the farmer caught us walking on his land and said we could even look in there nice guy easily repairable post tho just needs the weight put on and a bit bent back did have a go at putting down the lid but to no avail any way on with the pics this post looks burnt out but its not inside very weird still a few bits and bobs down there. just near buy there some ruins and this little building
  15. After seeing the posts on here of the other ROC Posts and been a bit of a ROC Virgin I thought I would look into this a little bit more and try and visit a post for myself. This is the little bit of history I know on this particular post. “The post was originally closed in 1968 but was reopened shortly after in 1976 (I was 3 then ) when the nearby post of Blean closed.� The post itself is in amazing condition (Apart from the massive cob web as you enter ) and I feel that this is due to the fact that the post is locked and on private land within close range of at least 3 houses. Not knowing too much about the exact location of the post I knocked on the first door I came to and hit the Jackpot. I was shown the exterior first then asked to comeback in half an hour so as the land owner could unlock the site and try to open the rusty hatch. Luckily for me he did and I was shown into the post by the landowners son who was very helpful. Thanks goes to the landowner and his family for offering to show me the post. Anyway time for the pics
  16. Opened in 1959 and closed in 1991, it's an absolutely fantastic ROC post, with many original features intact. It was quite the cold evening and my second outing with a DSLR which i thoroughly enjoyed, here are a few pictures from my visit. The hatch and all the surface features remain intact although the beige paint is flaking: The view from down below, looking up, on a starry starry night: Internally, it's absolutely fantastic and many original features remain, although display boards, accompanied by photographs detailing the history of the Royal Observer Corps indicate this post has had open day/'s.
  17. 2013: Ive no idea if this is still here, if you do go, please ring the bell on the gates and ask, we were busted here and the couple were very pleasant people but concerned. 2009: To those non-British, we have hundreds of these undeground bunkers built around the United Kingdom, as monitoring stations for the Cold War, some were built in 1951 and closed in 1968, and others built in 1959 and closed in 1991. There was provisions for 2 - 4 people to live for two weeks should a nuclear strike happen in the UK. Messages could be relayed across the globe, sending out information on the strikes! This post is pretty original, even has christmas and birthday cards down there! Really good nick, no water or chav damage. Opened: 1959 Decommisioned: 1991 (The blue new looking Bungee is mine
  18. 2013: As far as I know this is still here 2009: To those non-British, we have hundreds of these undeground bunkers built around the United Kingdom, as monitoring stations for the Cold War, some were built in 1951 and closed in 1968, and others built in 1959 and closed in 1991. There was provisions for 2 - 4 people to live for two weeks should a nuclear strike happen in the UK. Messages could be relayed across the globe, sending out information on the strikes! Opened: 1959 Decommisioned: 1991 Post in fairly good nick, but full of scary looking, white fluff! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  19. 'THE BIRMINGHAM POST' Me and my besty PS found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill, so with a quick look at the 'map' we were on the M5 and Birmingham bound!! First port of call was a no go... So back in the Sploremobile and off to number 2, a nice easy walk in affair... ...The Brandauer Factory... The final 2 sites were, literally, next door to each other... Handy! ...GS Smart & Co Ltd... And last on the list, the one we really wanted to see... ...AJ Parker Ltd (The Gun Shop)... Thanks for lookin! Over to PS now... BOSTIN!
  20. Hello everyone!! This is my first post on oblivion state. So i picked my favourite place Severalls! I LOVE this place and have spent quite a lot of time at sev's and chatting to mike all 11 visits!! The photos are taken over 10+ visits starting 2013. (The longest visit i was there 6 hours and came home to there not being a single photo on my memory card!) Hope everyone likes my mountain of photos. Please like my Facebook page to see more of my work and more from Severalls: www.facebook.com/Unexp0sedExpl0ration Thanks everyone!! Please leave your feedback and comments!! TIME TO LEAVE.... LINK TO THE VIDEO THANKS FOR LOOKING EVERYONE!! www.facebook.com/Unexp0sedExpl0ration
  21. Loved my day here..visited with the late great DHL who prior to this had made me trudge thru Middleton mine..feeling fooked,he said he just had to show me Brassington,and I am so glad he did..the man was a diamond and I do miss him... No history but as per ROC Post general history,this closed circa 1991,but this post was slightly different due to having an Obs post building on site. Some pics Very isolated position indeedy The Obs building Hairy climb So bleak Dave,I am glad to have met you,but I do miss our chats..rest easy mate.
  22. Found this, not sure if anyone has been down here, but some explorers have, link below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Post_Office_Railway
  23. after a rather long walk with 12 gauge we found a sealed roc post were slightly annoyed as i was told it was open in good condition from the outside.
  24. On our way up to a rally on the Epynt Ranges (yeah, the one with the Toyota Sunbeam crash - we saw it happen and actually helped the driver (Darren Pool) out of the car), Hood_mad spotted this ROC post up on a small rise on the outskirts of Sennybridge. We parked the evo up and wandered over to take a look. It was quite trashed, the lid looks secure (but isn't) and there was a bit of water on the floor. This time, it was just Hood_mad and myself. Subbrit report HERE View from afar. (1) (2) FSM shaft & ventilation (3) Down the hatch. (4) Inside. (5) (6) Not much there, but another one ticked off the list.
  25. Visited with hood_mad and guided round by captain slow. I've wanted to do this for ages because it's basically right on my doorstep. The history has been done many times before, so I'll just add my photos to the list. The main room. Strip light. Backup light. Gauge. Air vent. Lock for vent. Siren box. Thanks to CS for showing us around. J.