Sunday, 6 September 2015

Lochcarron ROC Post

Lochcarron ROC post was one of the neatest ROC post I’ve found so far. Although not a huge amount actually remains inside, what does is remarkably untouched and undamaged - either naturally or due to vandals.  

The post has been shut since September 1991, however Subbrit have visited it a number of times - the most recent of which was in May 2013 and the first being May 2001, however they have not been inside - so this one was quite exciting!

Initially we also had doubt about getting in but upon closer inspection we realised the post was open

Initially we also had doubt about getting in but upon closer inspection we realised the post was open. 

Internally the post was in quite good condition - a lot of the original furniture
remained along with mattresses and seats.
A lot of paperwork was left behind along with a number of plastic bottles
- even a couple of crossword books had been left. 

The toilet - and various bits of rubbish!

A fair amount of paperwork was left lying around too

Eye wash

And some of the more technical aspects  

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A Brief Introduction to ROC Posts

From 1955 until 1991, over 1500 underground posts were constructed and manned as a result of the Royal Observer Corps nuclear reporting roles. These posts were generally constructed to the same standard design of “a 14-foot-deep access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room” These Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post, or more simply known as ROC Posts would have been the front line during the Cold War should a nuclear attack have been launched on the UK allowing the Royal Observer Corps Volunteers to measure nuclear blast waves and radioactive fallout

Construction took place on 1563 ROC Posts between 1956 and 1965 along with about 30 larger headquarters and control centers. However as the threat from the Cold War reduced so did the need for ROC Posts with around about 500 of the posts being closed in 1968 during a reorganisation and major contraction of the ROC with the rest being closed down over the next few decades. By 1991 the Royal Observer Corps was disbanded and the final ROC Posts with them. 

Since them a large number have been demolished, and a number that are still standing are now burnt out wrecks, flooded or vandalised. 

There are however, still a few that remain in a semi reasonable condition...

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