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TOPIC: Railway District Emergency Control Centres

Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 18:18 #1

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I am carrying out research at TNA on railway DECC's these are sometimes above ground windowless, bunker-like reinforced concrete structures 64 ft by 36 ft often built in a marshalling yards or close to the station (sometimes now within car parks) , or located at some distance from the station c.1939 . I would like to know just how many are extant - if you live close to the any of the sites listed below and find one, please let me know on here. I know there is a bit on these on the sub-brit web site. The sites were:

Great Western Railway


Paddington
Reading
Bristol
Exeter
Plymouth
Newport
Cardiff
Swansea
Gloucester
Worcester
Birmingham
Chester

London Midland and Scottish

Crewe
Willesden
Bletchley
Rugby
Nuneaton
Birmingham New Street
Stafford
Stoke on Trent
Basford Hall (Crewe)
Warrington
Wigan
Preston
Heaton Norris
Patricroft
Liverpool Lime Street
Chester
Lancaster
Burrow in Furness

I will list the other train company sites later.

In the meantime, this is the one at Chester

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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 20:41 #2

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Wasn't there one at Bawtry? Or thereabouts? I remember promising to aerial photograph one somewhere Notts/S Yorks decades ago. If it can be confirmed, and it's not in Finningleys zone, I might get round to it.

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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 21:14 #3

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There was, but it's been demolished.
Metheringham's one previously posted in the FIDO thread appears to have gone in the last couple of years too.
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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 21:17 #4

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Yes there is or was one at Bawtry, it is the Doncaster District Emergency Control Centre. I would really appreciate it if you could check it out. Oops posted at the same time as PB's post.
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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 21:36 #5

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Would the Bawtry one have been a backup to the main Doncaster one?
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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 22:03 #6

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Working list from a couple of sources:

LNER

Bawtry (Removed)
Doncaster (Extant)
East Leake (Removed)
Edinbugh (Scotland Street Tunnel)
Gerrards Cross (Removed)
Godley Junction (Removed)
Ipswich (Removed)
Knebworth (Removed)
Metheringham (Removed)
Norwich (No data)
Peterborough (No data)
Shenfield (Extant)
York (Extant)
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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 17 Dec 2013 23:40 #7

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Much of Peterborough station and the surrounding area has been developed beyond recognition over the years. I can't imagine it will have survived.
Yes, I'm back(ish).

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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 18 Dec 2013 09:24 #8

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A few pictures that I took inside Scotland Street tunnel (legal visit with permission from owners).

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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 18 Dec 2013 09:26 #9

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LNER

The Scottish Central and Edinburgh District site was underneath Scotland Road, Edinburgh, inside a railway tunnel. The N-E Central and York District control centres shared a new tunnel dug into the City Wall. Norwich Thorpe was located inside a rampart at the station. Cambridge District was a semi-underground basement.

It was Kings Cross District at Knebworth, Earlem District at Shenfield, Western Control at Greg, Manchester District at Godley.

Shame so many have gone, does anyone live near Doncaster?
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Railway District Emergency Control Centres 18 Dec 2013 09:40 #10

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Would the Bawtry one have been a backup to the main Doncaster one?

That's what I thought at first, but no, it was one of a few within Doncaster District (I think - early days yet)
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