Drakelow is essentially a grid of tunnels, excavated in WW2 as a "Shadow" factory for Rover to manufacture Aero engines and components. It made numerous Bristol Radial engines.
After WW2, it was decommisoned and selected to become the Regional Seat of Government for Area-9 in the 1960's, to be activated in the event of a nuclear war.
It was again refurbished in the 1980's, as the Regional Head Quarters for Area-9.
It now lies derelict.
For more details: http://www.stokes277.freeserve.co.uk.../drakelow.html
Entrance (one of several)
Time Keeping shelter, then it became the Security Lodge
A typical tunnel, they are all much the same, hence only a single picture
Kitchens from the Rover era, some more modern equipment
Cold War Exercise
Commodore Pet 200 8096 (c1981)
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chart rolls for air conditioning (dated back to 1969)
main ventilation fan
main fan motor room and access
Lamson tubes for vacuum messages
Another Commodore Pet 200 8096 and attractive mould growing
BBC Studio ready to announce the end of life as we know it
Mould in the BBC area
cold war offices
cold war ladies sinks
Amazing place. Now a computer museum by the looks of it
did you see the mercury arc rectifier on the charger for the electric buggies? Its a cool place i visited tail end of last year
The Lamson Tube pneumatic delivery system for documents brings back childhood memories. Many large department stores used the system for transmitting retail customer cash to a central cashier and cash change and receipts.
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Some modern supermarkets still use the tubes to send cashfrom the checkouts to accounts.
Really? I must be leading a sheltered life unexposed to the UK system. Makes sense as it minimises the available cash to opportunity bandits. There was/is an interlock on the dispatch 'breech' that prevents operation unless the thing is locked but sometimes it fails and you get your own back
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