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Old 01-02-2014, 06:59 PM   #91
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Civilization been and gone - ghost towns and abandoned places

Orbita ( " The Orbit " ) 1970-1980ies ghost town near Chigirin, C Ukraine:













Built in 1970-1980ies to accomodate the Chigirin Nuclear Power Station personnel it was abandoned after the 90% completed station project was ditched following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, now deserted, derelict and hardly reconstructable.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:00 PM   #92
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Wow. Cool pix. I guess that's the low rent district.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:58 PM   #93
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Almost. To be 100 per cent correct try spelling low rent with n instead of l and without w.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:47 AM   #94
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I like this kind of thing. I follow some of the Abandoned and Urbex blogs and photgraphers around the net.

Here is a couple shots I took on a new year's day ride. Maybe this thread will take off with others posting on the same subject.

Abandoned house, Platter, OK


Abandoned military housing, Perrin AFB Denison,TX


Abandoned grain elevator, Sherman, TX
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:10 PM   #95
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Civilization been and gone...

Not quite sure whether this would count for a ghost town, but nevertheless...

The remaints of an abandoned Soviet nuclear missile base outside Zhytomir, some 150 km West of Kiev.

SS-4 Sandal mod. I ( 8K63У оr R-12 in Soviet military dessignation ) IRBM was for the Soviet strategic missile corps what an AK-47 was for its land forces - a simple and reliable missile easy to maintain and operate, manufactured by the hundreds in ground-launched and silo-based modifications. Phazed out of active service in late 1980ies-early 1990ies, yilding to the new mobile IRBMs, the SS-4 system had by then been operated by the Soviet army for 30 years - quite impressive lifespan for a missile.

This missile regiment's targets were located in Italy and S. Germany.






Not much remained, but the launch sites are still visible:







There are four of them lined next to the launch control bunker ( hardly recognizeable, damaged almost beyond recognition and flooded by ground waters ):





Most pipelines leading to the launch sites ( for kerosene-like fuel and liquid oxigen ) have been dug out and stolen by scrap-metal scavengers:





Only their other ends surfacing next to the launch pads can still be seen:





Strangely the missile storage bunkers have survived almost intact:





And so have the heavy machinegun pillowboxes securing the launch site perimetre:





They're placed so close to the launch pads that had to be covered with a special heat-resistant asbestos-like coating:





Of all the launchpad structure only what was concrete remains - al the metal has been extracted by scavengers:









The launchpad ( or launch table as it's called in the trade ) for these missiles missing from this launchsite can be seen elsewhere though, only half an hour ride from the base:












What strikes most at a closer look is how similar this launch table and everything else at the launch site is to the late 1930ies German Wernher von Braun V2 and V3 ballistic missiles launch facilities.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:29 AM   #96
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:24 PM   #97
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Forgotten and abandoned house in Sweden, way out in the woods...







Another one..or what's left of it..
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:47 AM   #98
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Civilization been and gone...

Yesterday's sortie 250 km south to see an abandoned silo group launch complex for Soviet SS-4 Sandal MRBM carrying nuclear warheads was not a complete success.

We expected to see the Dvina four-silo group launch complex with its command three-level underground bunker in the middle between the four silos designed to withstand 1 megaton thermonuclear explosion within 1.5-2 km range and remain operational like we'd seen elsewhere:





But - alas! - by the time we got there what still looked intact on Google in reality appeared just recently re-cultivated:




All right then, tough luck, let's go down inside what's still there - the underground command bunker housing the launch crew:







Soviet Strategic Missile Corps morale slogans calling for ever-readiness still readable over the main entrance to the bunker.







Stairs to the -2 and -3 levels are missing. Made of metal they were stolen by scrap metal scavengers.




In fact nothing left, the only thing ( except a pile of half-rotten military uniform ) we've found down there was this radio-transparent aerial cover from the bunker's top that mysteriousely had found its way to the main control compartment underground.



This used to be the crew's loos.




" Switch off the light upon leaving! "...we did, we did.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:35 PM   #100
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #101
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:24 PM   #102
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taken spring 2013 during UNCLE'S AROUND THE BEND RALLY



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On the way to Chernobyl Disaster exclusion zone 100 km north of Kiev:

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