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TOPIC: Old Dalby - Depot

Old Dalby - Depot 04 Jul 2018 19:15 #1

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In 1940, early in the Second World War, the rural village of Old Dalby was selected as a site for a large army vehicle depot which quickly developed into a storage depot for machinery, associated spares and tools.
In 1942 with the formation of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) Old Dalby was used not only for storage but also building, maintaining and repairing vehicles, machinery and equipment. Known as 35 Base Workshops, Old Dalby, this brought expansion of the existing railway sidings and a great increase in traffic for the line. After the war the Technical Stores Depot (TSD) retained its role in supporting the REME workshop but following a new management structure and the formation of agencies in the mid-1990s, the Army Base Repair Organisation (ABRO) took over the REME workshops and the Army Base Storage & Distribution Agency (ABSDA) became responsible for the stores depot.
In 1996, ABRO Old Dalby closed. The Old Dalby Station (not railway) was divided and the ABRO workshops buildings and real estate sold off. The workshop buildings have been occupied by a variety of private businesses and the former ABRO site is now known as the Crown Business Park.The remainder of the former Old Dalby Station continued as a sub-Depot in the Stores Division of ABSDA. However in 1997 a Storage Rationalisation Study recommended that the ABSDA Sub-Depot at Old Dalby should close. The closure of the Old Dalby Sub-Depot was announced in November 1997 and confirmed in April 1998.



Information quoted from www.old-dalby.com/army.htm

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Old Dalby - Depot 04 Jul 2018 19:40 #2

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we have plans of this place I believe.

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You can tell a builder from an archaeologist by the size of his trowel. Mine is a small one!

Old Dalby - Depot 05 Jul 2018 07:31 #3

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1973 map cover at 2500 scale courtesy of Old Maps website:

www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/467500/323500/12/100954

Pan NE a little then click the 'expand' icon top right of window
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Old Dalby - Depot 05 Jul 2018 08:15 #4

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What an interesting area. The housing estate turned out to be Old Dalby army barracks - now mainly demolished. WTP View

www.old-dalby.com/army.htm

It seems that the eastern part may still be Army, as it's announced for closure in the 2016 announcement: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37287613

GE view of the entrance states it's ODCTA - Old Dolby Canine Training Area. Broughton Grange, and Old Dalby Lodge (from the 1930 map) are long gone.

Difficult to determine when the Grange went from Old Maps.

Also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Dalby_Test_Track

There was also a PoW Camp (near the RAF Depot !) www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/n...oner-of-war-camps-uk

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Plan A is always more effective when the problem you are working on understands that Plan B will involve the use of dynamite :twisted:.
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Old Dalby - Depot 05 Jul 2018 20:27 #5

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Here's a view of over the road from the depot. Hard to know if that site is still in use.

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