Shanwell Upper Air Station, Fife, Feb 09

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robotsrevenge

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Apologies if this is in the wrong forum, this is the first report Ive posted here.

A friend recommened this to me and I didnt quite believe itd be as easy to find as she was making out, I was rather surprised when I found it just sitting there right in front of me. Site is made up for 4 or 5 buildings, 2 of which are largish and have a good few rooms to explore. Totally gutted and graffitied inside and out, but thats kinda how I like it! Everyone but me seemed to know about this place! I am fairly new to the area, so I have some sort of excuse, and I cant wait to see all the locations Ive heard people talking about.

Also explored the old iron works nearby on the same day, but Ill upload those later.


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One of the few exterior shots I took, Ill return at a later date.
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I have no idea what this means, but I like the sound of it.
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An entire wall in this room has been repainted white. I guess when theres nowhere else left to spray you just start all over again.
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Is that old pushchair still kicking about I see?
Been here a couple of times, some nice graffitti.
 

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3 phase elecrtolyser would have been for battery charging. I remember that from battery charging class when I was a wee apprentice. :D

Would have been supplying a bloody big rectifier, which would have been capable of charging whole banks of the things at a time.

I have a photo somewhere of our charging room at Harrogate. I'll try to dig it out and scan it.
 

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This place gets worse every time I see it. The buggy wasn't burnt when I went.
 

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Very trashed places aren't my thing but your photos have given it a kind of charm, somehow. I do like all the electrical gear, though.
Excellent pics. :) Btw, are my eyes deceiving me, or is that a 35mm minolta on your tripod? :mrgreen:
 

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Nice find! Is that anywhere near the old airfield at Kilduncan? I seem to remember there's a group of RAF buildings just off the Kingsbarns road, but not connected to the airfield.
I think the remains of a mast base is in front of one of them.
 

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Nice find! Is that anywhere near the old airfield at Kilduncan? I seem to remember there's a group of RAF buildings just off the Kingsbarns road, but not connected to the airfield.
I think the remains of a mast base is in front of one of them.

This is in Tayport, pretty much by the riverside. Here - http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=56.4389&lon=-2.860268&z=18.3&r=0&src=msl

Kilduncan airfield is also known as RAF Dunino. There are a few reports around and plenty of info online. It's here for those interested - http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=56.29365&lon=-2.707477&z=16.2&r=0&src=msl
 

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Looks like an electrician and plumbers nightmare. I like th broken sink
 

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Pretty trashed as you say, but plenty little details and remaining artifacts to make it a worthy explore :)

Good for a first report, by all means! :mrgreen:
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone, Im pretty new to all this exploring malarky so I appreciate it. :mrgreen:

Excellent pics. :) Btw, are my eyes deceiving me, or is that a 35mm minolta on your tripod? :mrgreen:

Its a Pentax K1000. Ive had it for about 8 years, and its still my favourite camera. This was the first time Ive used it properly in quite a while, so Im very curious to see the results.
 

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I lived in nearby Dundee when I was a kid and walked passed Shanwell several times when it was still an active weather station. Nearly cr*pped myself once when a weather balloon suddenly shot out of one of the buildings as I was passing

Very good photos, though it's a bit sad for me seeing a place from my childhood in that state. If memory serves me right there's quite a few pillboxes and other WW2 related remains in the area
 

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This is Shanwell as of yesterday, and no pics, but can confirm the skeleton of the buggy is still there although rusted through.
 

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