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    Don't know much about this site apart from the fact it was used as a WWII ammunition dump. Apparently huts and a few bits and pieces remained up until the mid 60's before it was all burnt back.

    It's now a nature reserve/public park but the concrete tracks still remain.

    5126'7.13"N 120'20.96"W
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    Default Re: Snelsmore Common nr Newbury

    Clearly an Army ammo storage depot. It had standard gauge rail links feeding into the depot from what I can see. I shall ask my Army expert if he has details.

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    Default Re: Snelsmore Common nr Newbury

    See the sixth entry on this. (I lived in Newbury...)

    Something to do with the Army depot at Thatcham? (fascinating article - see photos)

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    Thanks for the info. I had no idea if it was army or air force. I was just looking at some aerial photos I was given and it stuck out like a sore thumb. Did a google and that's all I got.

    I've spotted a ton of other military installations but have no idea what they are

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEighthBit View Post
    I've spotted a ton of other military installations but have no idea what they are
    We're interested . (or some of us are)

    Graham

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    Default Re: Snelsmore Common nr Newbury

    I was in Newbury, Thatcham and nearby Greenham Common yesterday. Checked on the memorial to the tragic Glider accident at the old airbase living site there, four reefs were in place.

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    Default Re: Snelsmore Common nr Newbury

    oneeigthbit,

    If you like that, then you'll love this!

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=17&oz=7&gt=1

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    Oddly enough the dump you linked to is missing/censored from the photos but, what I guess is the main depot/dump at Thatcham isn't. You can also still see what's left of the US/POW transit camp on Newbury race course.

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    It was built during WW2 to store petrol, in jerrycans in the run up to D Day.
    Manned by primarily Black US Troops.
    I can confirm no rail links to this one; sorry.

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    Default Re: Snelsmore Common nr Newbury

    What would have been known as "tinned" storage. Another addition to the fuel depot list then.

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