Cool pics of urban exploring, abandoned machines and stuff

Cool pics of urban exploring, abandoned machines and stuff

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Finlandia

7,267 posts

164 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Hugh Jarse said:
Swedish forest that burnt 2 years ago
Just saw these pictures now, interesting. Is that the tractor that started the fire?

Driller

7,146 posts

211 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Two abandoned (Russian) space shuttles:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=af4_1494190659

Edited by Driller on Monday 8th May 14:04

Shakermaker

6,889 posts

33 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Driller said:
Two abandoned (Russian) space shuttles:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=af4_1494190659

Edited by Driller on Monday 8th May 14:04
I saw that the other day. I wasn't certain exactly how "real" that is... if it is, incredibly impressive stuff!

sc0tt

15,821 posts

134 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Shakermaker said:
Driller said:
Two abandoned (Russian) space shuttles:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=af4_1494190659

Edited by Driller on Monday 8th May 14:04
I saw that the other day. I wasn't certain exactly how "real" that is... if it is, incredibly impressive stuff!
Dr G said:

dudleybloke

14,350 posts

119 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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https://youtu.be/pg12gFixXDE

Dudley Rail Tunnel.

Edited by dudleybloke on Monday 8th May 14:39

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Shakermaker

6,889 posts

33 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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sc0tt said:
Shakermaker said:
Driller said:
Two abandoned (Russian) space shuttles:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=af4_1494190659

Edited by Driller on Monday 8th May 14:04
I saw that the other day. I wasn't certain exactly how "real" that is... if it is, incredibly impressive stuff!
Dr G said:
Ah I didn't read the rest of this thread. The photos got shared on Facebook but I was worried that it may have been a bit cobbled together etc, though this looks much better now. Very cool indeed

maxdb

1,170 posts

90 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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A few from Chernobyl I took this week:
























pidsy

4,422 posts

90 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Who ran your tour out there?

maxdb

1,170 posts

90 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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pidsy said:
Who ran your tour out there?
I did it through SoloEast Travel.

pidsy

4,422 posts

90 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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maxdb said:
pidsy said:
Who ran your tour out there?
I did it through SoloEast Travel.
dont suppose you had constantine as your guide? he's a really funny guy. we went with them last year, back again in a few months with a different group. was it weird not seeing the original reactor 4? just the huge shiny dome.

dudleybloke

14,350 posts

119 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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maxdb

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90 months

Tuesday 9th May 2017
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pidsy said:
dont suppose you had constantine as your guide? he's a really funny guy. we went with them last year, back again in a few months with a different group. was it weird not seeing the original reactor 4? just the huge shiny dome.
I think it was him, although I'm not great on names. It's the 1st time I've been - I didn't think the dome was too bad but it's surprising they managed to move something so big on rails:


llewop

2,925 posts

144 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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maxdb said:
I think it was him, although I'm not great on names. It's the 1st time I've been - I didn't think the dome was too bad but it's surprising they managed to move something so big on rails:

nice picture of it in final position including at least one of the tilting panels.

It was moved with (unless they changed their minds later) 'strand jacks' or something like that, a lot of Teflon on the sliding faces and lots of checking to make sure both sides slid together! They also had practice as initially 1/2 of it was moved out the way to make room for the second half and then slid back slightly so they could be stitched together.

I think I've linked before in other threads to the EBRD video of the sliding, if not or anyone interested can't find it: google (or search engine of preference) 'EBRD' then Chernobyl and you should find a time lapse video of the move.

alfaben

146 posts

88 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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llewop said:
nice picture of it in final position including at least one of the tilting panels.

It was moved with (unless they changed their minds later) 'strand jacks' or something like that, a lot of Teflon on the sliding faces and lots of checking to make sure both sides slid together! They also had practice as initially 1/2 of it was moved out the way to make room for the second half and then slid back slightly so they could be stitched together.

I think I've linked before in other threads to the EBRD video of the sliding, if not or anyone interested can't find it: google (or search engine of preference) 'EBRD' then Chernobyl and you should find a time lapse video of the move.
There was a good documentary on BBC about the new dome including a video of it being moved into position not a full on stop .

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08650s6

Well worth a watch!

dudleybloke

14,350 posts

119 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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Any old iron.





llewop

2,925 posts

144 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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alfaben said:
There was a good documentary on BBC about the new dome including a video of it being moved into position not a full on stop .

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08650s6

Well worth a watch!
I've watched once so far but have it recorded to rewatch when I have time. About half of the people talking in it are mates/ex-colleagues and had I still been there I have the horrible feeling they'd have talked to me too! Thankfully you've been spared that! Just coming up to five years since I left the project, but still in touch with a good number of them and getting updates.

DanielSan

13,323 posts

100 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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dudleybloke said:
Any old iron.




I'm sure I went past this yesterday but I'm buggered if I can remember where it was. Is it in/near Wolverhampton?

DanielSan

13,323 posts

100 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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dudleybloke said:
Any old iron.




I'm sure I went past this yesterday but I'm buggered if I can remember where it was. Is it in/near Wolverhampton?

dudleybloke

14,350 posts

119 months

Wednesday 10th May 2017
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DanielSan said:
dudleybloke said:
Any old iron.




I'm sure I went past this yesterday but I'm buggered if I can remember where it was. Is it in/near Wolverhampton?
Its in Dudley between Blowers green island and the abandoned rail bridge that runs almost parallel to Peartree lane.

https://goo.gl/maps/ekAjGvEZBBn

Most of the trees have been cleared off the old line now as its to be the route of the Metroline extension towards Merry Hill.

These pics taken off the bridge.








Edited by dudleybloke on Wednesday 10th May 20:39

PotatoSalad

601 posts

16 months

Saturday 27th May 2017
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ralphrj said:
JonRB said:
2ono said:
Wasn't there a story about the Americans spending a small fortune developing a pen that worked in space/zero gravity, the Russians just used a pencil.
Yes, there is that story. And it's completely bogus.

Both the Russians and the Americans started out with pencils, and they found that flakes of graphite from the pencils would float off and find their way into all sorts of places and cause short-circuits in electronics. The Americans then embarked on finding a better solution and came up with the pen.
If by 'the Americans' you meant NASA then it wasn't them that came up with the Space Pen.

The Space Pen was developed independently by industrialist and pen manufacturer Paul Fisher. NASA didn't ask him to develop it or pay him to develop it.

Fisher offered the Pen to NASA, who tested it and agreed to buy 400 for use in space. Years later the Russians bought some for their space programme too.
Worth adding that pencils were also quite dangerous to use, imagine a piece of graphite braking off in 0g and floating into some electrical equipment there it could cause a short circuit or even start a fire.

Urban legend and nothing more.


Edited by PotatoSalad on Saturday 27th May 19:26