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I mentioned over at the other site that I was looking at purchasing a cold-war era communications bunker.
Still pursuing it.

Here's some general info.
- The shelter is approx. 22,000+ square feet (it's BIG!!!).
- At floor level, it's approx. 40-50' underground.
- Walls are concrete/steel/lead and are thick!!! Doors weigh close to 3 tons each (and that's a 36" wide door ).
- It was built to sustain close to 100 people for a year.
- It was built to be able to withstand a nuclear blast as close as 5 miles away.
- The infrastructure components are probably 90+% intact and include turbine generators, self contained water and sewer treatment, HVAC, air purification... Regular system tests were performed until about 3 years ago.
- Construction was completed in 1971 and site was decomissioned in 1991.
- It appears that all of the "big ticket" potential problem areas for conversion have been addressed. (There's no asbestos, 2 stair wells, limited sprinkler system...).
- It was designed primarily as a communications site. The place is absolutely loaded with electrical capabilities.
- The main room is approx. 150'x 80'. There's several other rooms for the equipment as well as a medical office/decontamination center, conference room, bathrooms, a couple offices...
- With no heat or AC, the temp stays between 65-69 degrees (depending on season).
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Here's some pics I took today.
The first couple is of the exterior entrance area. The rest of the pics (for now) are some of the internal components.
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Can I come over to play?
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When I first heard about it, I had no idea what you could use it for. Now that I've seen some pix, my suggestion is that you rent it out as a movie set.
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Last pics for now.

Unfortunately, my camera battery quit.
There's the "main room" which is empty and is approx. 90'x150'.
Lots of other panels and stuff as well.
Blast doors with electric motors to open/close
The outdoor fuel tanks (2 of them, 35,000 gallons each) have been filled with concrete and no longer usable. So, what's a guy to do with a pair of 200,000 watt turbine engine generators?

Pretty neat place for something... which has yet to be determined.
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Wow, how did you get the ladder to stand sideways like that? :) :)

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Wow, how did you get the ladder to stand sideways like that? :) :)

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I don't think he was supposed to post that picture. Obviously, this facility was used during the Philadelphia Experiment and the laws of physics were completely convoluted. In actuallity, the entire bunker is contained with a building that on the outside appears to be the size and shape of a London telephone booth.

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There's something ominous in the fact that his camera battery quit right after he took that picture. Obviously, whatever is holding the ladder to the wall also sucked all the juice out of the camera battery. I'm surprised that the force didn't act before the picture was taken. It might have something to do with the Xray viewer on the opposite wall...
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Okay, I'm interested. How much would shipping cost?
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Thats awesome! What would you use it for!
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Well, I could just say I turned my camera for the one picture with the ladder but that wouldn't be as interesting. My daughter did think it was a bit spooky down there.

Don - We're not yet sure what we're going to do with it but a movie set is on the list.

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Are you talking about the generator(s) or the "special" ladder or ???

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Dave - until we do find something to do with it, it will be our "play house". Believe me... once you're in there and close the doors, there is absolutely no way you can be bothered. No phones, no cell phone access, no doors can be opened (nor heard through)...

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"The outdoor fuel tanks (2 of them, 35,000 gallons each) have been filled with concrete and no longer usable."

Not useable?? Sounds like the making of an extra large lawn roller to me!
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Are you talking about the generator(s) or the "special" ladder or ???


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Brian; Can I put on my VVA uniform, and grab my M16? Can I, huh, huh, can I? Somebodies got to keep the bad guys away. :)
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Brian; Can I put on my VVA uniform, and grab my M16? Can I, huh, huh, can I?
OK, OK!!! If you're that excited you can. :p BTW, Keep you M-16 on semi-auto since they're not legal unless you have a FFL. You can borrow my AR-15 if you prefer. Watch out for ricochet's since the walls are all heavy steel. AND NO SHOOTING OUT THE LIGHTS!
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I'll see ya in the morning, keep the coffee hot!!!
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John,

Please don't arrive before about 8:30 as I need to get the kids off to school and daycare (I've been playing Mr. Mom since my wife is out of town). Coffee will be hot.

Here's a couple more pics I took today. Main open section of the building.
In the bottom pic (sorry it's dark), take a look at the electric panel on the left wall. The whole thing is on springs so it would be OK in the event of a major event that shook the ground (read - nuclear blast)

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