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DEL1330
25-01-2012, 16:09
Does anyone have a map showing the locations of the ROTOR network sites: sector operations centres, radar sites, and army anti aircraft operations rooms? Also is there a definitive list of sites as different sources i have found disagree in many ways?

PETERTHEEATER
26-01-2012, 07:55
I doubt that any list could be called 'definitive' since there are always errors and exceptions due to weaknesses in the available records and research material.

A good reference that you can order up from your local Public Library is:

COLD WAR - Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946 - 1989 published by English Heritage ISBN 1 873592 69 8 but you may already have seen it or own it.

I forgot to add this:

COLD WAR SECRET NUCLEAR BUNKERS - N.J (Nick) McCamley ISBN 0 85052 746 5

The latter has Tables and locations of most.

DEL1330
29-01-2012, 18:24
Thanks for the info, have not read either book so they are not sources i have already checked. Thanks again

Jerry
03-02-2012, 14:36
Del, I would have thought http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/features/rotor/ maybe a good place to start?

Richard Flagg
01-03-2012, 11:59
Anyone know where this is? It was on the Subbrit circular, I don't think it has been identified yet?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6942028413_564873351e_b.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Subbrit/6942028413_564873351e_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7180/6795914708_a403fd9cb9_b.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Subbrit/6795914708_a403fd9cb9_b.jpg

PETERTHEEATER
02-03-2012, 09:44
Judging from the number of 'existing buildings' it was a plan to build a ROTOR on a pre-existing site such as an ROC HQ. A lot of downslopes indicated so maybe Barnton Quarry (Edinburgh).

Take yer pick:

http://www.anti-aircraft.co.uk/Rotor_map.html

tigger
02-03-2012, 10:21
Does anyone have a map showing the locations of the ROTOR network sites: sector operations centres, radar sites, and army anti aircraft operations rooms? Also is there a definitive list of sites as different sources i have found disagree in many ways?

See: http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?4801

Steve's extended DoB database overlay would be a good starting point for the mapping you want.

Kev Lloyd-Jones
05-04-2012, 10:59
Have not been on the site for a while and saw this post.I am currently putting together a website detailing the “ROTOR” defence project that was in existence in the 1950s and would welcome any information from current website members on this subject. Looking at the plans here, this could only be one site, which was one of the first to completed in the ROTOR project, RAF Portland in Dorset. RAF Portland (NIB) and home to 815 Signals Unit was a Centimetric Early Warning station, the R1 at Portland was one of the earliest completed and the most spectacular. Major building and works on the underground structure were complete by the begining of 1952.Portland was an early recipent of the FPS-3 radar, which was to have been an interim measure only, a small powerhouse was built on the surface to house the rotary convertors to meet the particular power requirements of this American equipment. The plans show that the site was built into an existing fortified structure called the Verne which was constructed in 1857( http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/2011/02/verne-citadel-portland.html)and eventually housed a prison.At 70 feet below ground level it was the deepest ROTOR underground facility and instead of the usual steps at the rear of the guardhouse and a long sloping tunnel into the bunker, Portland was equipped with a lift and an iron staircase winding round it. The emergency exit consisted of a standard emergency stairway in two sections joined by a length of solid floor.I would be interested in the original scanned images for this site if anyone has them.

PETERTHEEATER
06-04-2012, 09:22
Thanks Kev for identifying the site of the drawings.