Criggion VLF Station 15th August 2010

Filed under: Industrial & Commercial,Military Sites — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Criggion VLF Station was a transmitter operated by BT on behalf of the MOD. It was built during World War II as a back up transmitter. It operated with the callsign “GBZ” and on 19.6KHz. The transmitter was 600ft high and t was used to send messages to submarines until April 2003, when it was shutdown. The transmitter was dismantled in August 2003. I had wanted to go here for some time but was massively dissapointed. The little that remained of the site has been completely trashed and left open to the elements.


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Thelwall Viaduct 23rd October 2009

Filed under: High Places,Industrial & Commercial,Live Infiltration — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Explorers: j3bu, Ric, Mortal Decay, Thompski

It’s a little disconcerting being able to see through the platform which is suspending you about 100ft above the ground in the 0.8 miles walk from start to finish. Anyone who has completed the Walk Of Faith at Blackpool Tower can tell you it’s not a massively pleasant feeling looking at your feet and just a massive drop. But after about a minute I more or less forgot about the drop and was happy to bounce around the structure filling my hair with spiders, raccoons and dragons as I went. Thelwall Viaduct is ace, I could’ve spent ages just sat up there.

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Ben Nevis Observatory 27th August 2009

Filed under: High Places,Industrial & Commercial — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

On the 17th Of October 1883 the observatory at the summity of Ben Nevis was first opened. It remained open for 21 years, closing in 1904 due to lack of funding. In the 105 years it has remained derelict it slowly fell apart but amazingly some of the original beams used in its construction are still littering the summit of Ben Nevis. To get to the summit is a 4,409 ft (1,344m) climb making it one of the most difficult, highest, remote and time consuming to get to.

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Botanic Gardens Station 23rd August 2009

Filed under: Industrial & Commercial,Underground — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Designed by architect James Miller and opening on the 10th August 1896, Botanic Gardens Station served as a an excellent way for visitors to gain access to Glasgows beautiful Botanic Gardens until its close as a station 43 years later on 2nd February 1939. After it ceased to be a station it served many uses including that of a cafe, a plumbers and even a nightclub although it is more likely that the nightclub was situated in the overground station offices. It was as a nightclub that it finally ended its occupied life after a fire broke out after a battle of a bands contest on the 22nd March 1970. It has remained derelict for nearly 40 years. It is at this point I visited.

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