|Not sure what this was supposed to represent but what ever it was it is now unrecognisable
|Not sure if this sculpture is complete or been beheaded
We arrived at Hack Green Locks expecting both locks to be against us as the boat that left earlier must have gone up them but surprisingly borth were in our favour. By now the wind was increasing and clouds were forming. We wanted to visit the not so secret secret bunker so decided to call it a day on the 48 hour moorings above the top lock and save Audlum for when this latest weather system had passed tomorrow.
|Entering the first lock, the first narrow lock since we left Tattenhall.
|Moored up at Hack green visitors moorings
|I know it was a secret but how did they hide a building that size?
|One of the main corridors running the length of the bunker
|One of many communications rooms, though I doubt red bikinis would be the fashion there, let alone red ones.
This room housed the British Telcom Emergency Communications Network E.C.N. It consists of an advanced telephone and high speed teleprinter exchange. The room was known as the Message Switch Exchange.
|Every panel was a myriad of knobs ad dials. Must have taken some training to use.
The bunker house 130 civil servants working shifts 24/7 so there were dormitories for the staff. In the female dormitory 18 beds and wardrobes were provided for their off watch rest. The sign on the wall invited visitors to rest and sleep on the M.O.D. beds for a while. Chris, being Chris, duly obliged.
After saving the country from a nuclear holocaust we needed a coffee in the canteen to celebrate, together with "Secret Scones" peculiar to the bunker canteen. I guess the secret was what was in them but they tasted OK.
|Outside the bunker
|Cold war radar played a big part at the bunker when it was in use.