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Barnton Quarry RSG & ROTOR Bunker

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Jun. 24th, 2007 | 09:05 pm
posted by: rpgactionfigure in abandonedplaces

After quite a long period of wanting to explore the bunker at Barnton, bt having neither the opportunity or the company to do so, today finally saw it happen. Myself, broin and darktalon armed up with plenty of torches, appropriate safety gear and a battery of camera equipment to explore the 3 sub-surface levels of the old Regional Seat of Government bunker the sealed surface level bunker which was formerly fighter control for RAF Turnhouse.

Getting in was easier than anticipated. Still, the place suffered 2 major fires back in the 90's and is pretty screwed up. The lowest (3rd) level of the RSG bunker is the most intact, pretty much safe from the fire. The upper two levels suffered badly, while the old surface level RAF section is far more wet than the rest of the bunker (the old fighter control room is badly flooded).

There's a bit more info on the site from the good people at Subterranea Britannica, who surveyed the site in the 90's, just after the fires. This site should probably be appraoched with some caution. The fire released a large amount of asbestos. Although most of this is in the form of large chunks and the dust is kept down by moisture, it can still be a hazard. It's also underground, which means you need backup torches for your backup torches. And going there alone is just plain daft (aside for the fact you might run into local junkies or neds in surrounding area!


Level 2, RSG, very dark
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Level 3, RSG, low level entrance section
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Level 3, RSG
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Level 3, RSG, rear stairs, with ghost
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Level 2, RSG, friendly greeting from prior visitors
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Level 2, RSG, the effects of fire
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Level 2, RSG, burn
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Level 2, RSG, how long were they here for?
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Level 1, RSG, an apparition
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Level 1, RSG, friends
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Level 1, RSG, the burnout
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Level 1, RSG, toilet facilities
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Level 1, RSG, fire damage
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Level 1 RS to Surface Bunker, connecting tunnel
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Surface Bunker, Main Corridor
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Surface Bunker, a way out?
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Surface Bunker, perhaps not...
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Surface Bunker, moist!
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Surface Bunker, the old fighter control room (flooded)
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Surface Bunker, down...
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Surface Bunker, up...
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Surface Bunker, one of only two unsmashed toilets in the entire place...
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Surface bunker,...the other one.
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Cheers
Malcolm

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from: sherlock2040
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Cool!

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from: rpgactionfigure
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Cheers!

Malcolm

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姜饼人

good job!

from: northwindbrat
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
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these are really, really cool.
some of the colours are so outstanding and vibrant.
my favourite is the 'apparition' picture.
i wonder how many sites like these team silent had to explore to build that town, pixel by pixel...

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Re: good job!

from: rpgactionfigure
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Needed to do really long exposures and have different torches to get some of the photos lit. That's what you get for being in underground bunkers!

Cheers
Malcolm

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Re: good job!

from: northwindbrat
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
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I'm sure it took quite a bit of trial and error to get these awesome effects, but I'll say it's all worth it :D

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from: rpgactionfigure
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Ah yes, it's something of an open secret really. But you need to take safety pretty seriously if you're going in there. Which some people obviously don't.

Cheers
Malcolm

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from: yeastxcrement
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Great!

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from: rpgactionfigure
date: Jun. 24th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.

Cheers
Malcolm

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I Go Where The Drains Are

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from: siologen
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
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Its shit that the place is so burnt out. I ran into firefighters using the quarry for training purposes once when i was there. They said it was arsoned twice, once in the late 80's and gain in the mid 90's. Took 3 days to burn itself out.

Admittedly, if it hadnt been arsoned, the owner was going to turn it into a nightclub for all the Corstorphine Hill wankers.

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from: cabcat
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
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Wow :D Yes it does look a bit perillous to the say the least. What was the bunker for do you know?

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from: alienspacebat
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
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I hope you took in a respirator mask and some disposable overalls. That place is full of fine asbestos fibres released after the fire making it really dangerous without decent breathing protection. Nice photos though

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from: broin
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Wish I'd read more about how asbestos works before going down there. Fine, airborne fibres. *cough*

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Very impressive!

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from: coitustrek
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Outstanding images.

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Bunker

from: hollynyk
date: Jul. 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
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My boyfriend and I went exploring last week and we were inside the bunker didnt have very may torches so didnt explore too much but we are scheduled to go back down and have a good rake and take some more photo's!! It is a class place! Would have made a fantastic club/rave! Pity ppl are complete mongo's and distroy history because they have nothing better to do!

I would definatly recommend it to anyone who it interests, as for the aspestos, it only effects you if you breathe it in for a long period of time on a regular basis! So I wouldnt worry too much about it unless you are planning to live down there! The engine's and generators are an amazing sight if nothing else, completely in tact just been dismantled so they cant be switched on! Also the steel doors in the entrance tunnel from the underground bunker is a sight too just shows you how hard it would have been to get anything in or out!...Including air!

I was gobsmacked at the size of the place! Fantastic but watch where you stand otherwise you could be through the floor!!

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