Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: RAF Folkingham Vehicle Graveyard, October 2017

  1. #1
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Posts
    188
    Thanked
    874

    Default RAF Folkingham Vehicle Graveyard, October 2017


    Another location that’s been on the list of places to visit for the last few years checked off and completed! Explored with the one and only RelictaSpiritus, and bumping into Tiny Urban Exploration and some new explorers.



    Making this the second location of the day with rapidly deteriorating weather and light conditions, we made our way through the various live fire and warning signs to find one of the largest collections of rusted machinery I had ever set upon exploring.

    Interestingly, I always had this place down as a military vehicle dump given its ex RAF location, however despite the odd military vehicle I would have said it’s more of a digger dump than anything.

    Making our way through the dismal wind and rain, trying to dry my camera lens on any last remaining dry part of my t-shirt and spotting who later turned out to be Tiny Urban Exploration in the distance the far opposite end of the runway, the time came to vacate the site and dry off.

    That’s where I would say things became interesting, after opting for the quick route out back towards the main gate.

    Just as we approach the gates, a car comes flying towards us with the passenger door already open in some sort of dramatic attempt to appear intimidating. The car comes to a stop and out comes a rather angry short farmer type claiming we had set of numerous alarms and he had calls from the police saying he had a “break in”.

    Not feeling the mood for a debate, we simply apologised and were about to leave when he continues asking us what we were doing, to which we responded simply with “we went for a walk”, still clearly with camera tripods and all sorts on show. He continued pointing at his private sign and stating how we can’t simply walk where we want and how he doesn’t just walk around our back gardens, blatantly fishing for an argument.

    Feeling quite amused I took my phone out of my pocket and began recording, expecting things to escalate, however he took this as his cue to pipe down after a very long awkward 10 seconds of silence. I debate giving this a share or not! *insert amused emoji*

    The site is well worth a mooch about, perhaps in better weather conditions and if you’re prepared for a hilarious short farmer type.

    History as per, pinched from Wikipedia.


    Royal Air Force Station Folkingham or RAF Folkingham is a former Royal Air Force station located south west of Folkingham, Lincolnshire and about 29 miles (47 km) due south of county town Lincoln and 112 miles (180 km) north of London, England.

    Opened in 1940, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a troop carrier airfield for airborne units and as a subsidiary training depot of the newly formed Royal Air Force Regiment. After the war it was placed on care and maintenance during 1947 when the RAF Regiment relocated to RAF Catterick.

    During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the RAF Bomber Command used Folkingham as a PGM-17 Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) base.

    Today the remains of the airfield are located on private property being used as agricultural fields, with the main north-south runway acting as hardstanding for hundreds of scrapped vehicles.












































    Check out more pictures on UrbexDevil
    www.UrbexDevil.co.uk

    ----------
    Thanks given by: ajarb, banshee, foxtrot, ginger5092, Hugh Jorgan, HughieD, jcnw27060, krela, Locksley, Luise, Mearing, oldscrote, prettyvacant71, psykie, Safe Breaker, smiler, stu8fish, Tarron, thorfrun, Tizzme

  2.  
     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    September 2011
    Location
    Trafford
    Posts
    72
    Thanked
    38

    Default


    Fantastic ! I love it !!!

    ----------

  4. #3
    Join Date
    September 2005
    Location
    Bristol, UK.
    Posts
    9,445
    Thanked
    5748

    Default


    From airport vehicles to landfill dozers, there's a bit of everything here.

    ----------

  5. #4
    Join Date
    October 2010
    Location
    Lost in Cornwall
    Posts
    4,214
    Thanked
    2999

    Default


    I enjoyed your take on it UD, always nice to make new friends, Thanks
    Smiler
    😁

    ----------

  6. #5
    Join Date
    April 2012
    Location
    braintree
    Posts
    1,076
    Thanked
    1337

    Default


    Now I'm not trying to stir things up a bit urbexdevil but yes you are right, this place is more photogenic in lovely warm sunlight, it brings out all the red and brown tones from the rust. So get back down there when its stopped raining

    I too had the "Sweeney intervention"...the 4x4 driving about kicking up dust, I thought there was gona be a bonnet roll from the driver. However, I saw this going on to a group of explorers in the distance so I took this opportunity to tuck meself into one of the digger cabs, I wasn't in there long before I realised I should have picked a better cab as this one had parts of a deers head inside it complete with dinning maggots. Anyway it allowed me to stay a bit longer so not all bad.

    I did get caught on one occasion by the assistant of the owner who caught you, he did warn me I was "lucky" it wasn't the owner who caught me as he has clumped a few folks apparently. I was sent packing like a naughty child, so I hid in the woods for a bit then went back in after he had left...well you just would wouldn't you

    Anyhow you got some great shots despite that miserable sky!
    ...

    ----------

  7. #6
    Join Date
    February 2008
    Location
    Directly above the centre of the earth
    Age
    65
    Posts
    1,581
    Thanked
    1416

    Default


    loved that forestry commission crawler

    It's a Cat D4D



    https://www.bidspotter.co.uk/en-gb/a...e-a78d00b68796
    To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child....Cicero

    ----------

  8. #7
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Posts
    47
    Thanked
    34

    Default


    Great photos - well done. Am intrigued by the last one - what is it? I have never seen a vehicle like that before.

    ----------

  9. #8
    Join Date
    June 2014
    Posts
    414
    Thanked
    733

    Default


    I had a lovely sunny day here last year unusually (so it seems) without getting caught lol.
    We did have a small van driving round a few times but ducked behind digger scoops a few times & managed to avoid them!
    Always nice to see reports though

    ----------

  10. #9
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Location
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Age
    60
    Posts
    1,825
    Thanked
    1214

    Default


    A lot of nice bits of heavy metal here.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

    ----------

  11. #10
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Posts
    188
    Thanked
    874

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by prettyvacant71 View Post
    Now I'm not trying to stir things up a bit urbexdevil but yes you are right, this place is more photogenic in lovely warm sunlight, it brings out all the red and brown tones from the rust. So get back down there when its stopped raining

    I too had the "Sweeney intervention"...the 4x4 driving about kicking up dust, I thought there was gona be a bonnet roll from the driver. However, I saw this going on to a group of explorers in the distance so I took this opportunity to tuck meself into one of the digger cabs, I wasn't in there long before I realised I should have picked a better cab as this one had parts of a deers head inside it complete with dinning maggots. Anyway it allowed me to stay a bit longer so not all bad.

    I did get caught on one occasion by the assistant of the owner who caught you, he did warn me I was "lucky" it wasn't the owner who caught me as he has clumped a few folks apparently. I was sent packing like a naughty child, so I hid in the woods for a bit then went back in after he had left...well you just would wouldn't you

    Anyhow you got some great shots despite that miserable sky!
    Well worth a revisit I would say, so chances are when I find my way that direction again I will be back :D

    Haha this time it wasn't a 4x4 but a lovely mk2 ford focus in blue :P Ironically we were already making our way out anyway, and even more ironically was discussing the fact we wasn't bothered about getting caught when we were on our way out anyway... tempted fate a little too much there I guess haha!

    In all honesty if we went out the way we came in through the woods I think we would have made it without getting caught, but its all part of the fun really ;)

    Does make me wonder where these alarms are though.
    Check out more pictures on UrbexDevil
    www.UrbexDevil.co.uk

    ----------

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Mr grays vehicle graveyard..norfolk
    By Mikeymutt in forum Misc Sites
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 28th Jan 17, 15:54
  2. RAF Folkingham: The Vehicle Graveyard, August 2016
    By pineapplesnail in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 19th Aug 16, 15:01
  3. Military vehicle graveyard
    By sureshank in forum Misc Sites
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 17th May 16, 15:49
  4. RAF Folkingham - Digger Graveyard - Feb 2016
    By jsp77 in forum Misc Sites
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 6th Mar 16, 18:26
  5. Digger Graveyard @ RAF Folkingham - August 2009
    By ukmayhem in forum Misc Sites
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 18th Jan 10, 16:43

About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of disused, derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us