Sometime we publish different abandoned Soviet objects that being visited by Russian bloggers. This time they have visited pretty interest place that was very important during the Cold War. It was used to store nuclear projectiles and thus tells a lot about technology used by Soviet army to store such type of substances. Let’s take a look:
First of all here are the gates of the arsenal armory. It’s door hinges are additionally reinforced with chains.
When they entered the place they were shocked to see a man in mask under the ceilings. What is he doing here? It turned out he was disassembling the machine (crane) and wanted to take it with him away from here.
The man didn’t seem to be hostile so they followed inside. Here is a part of old Soviet sign saying: “Stop! You can’t carry anything thru here!”.
There are three sets of consequent metal/concrete doors to access the place.
Here he looks back to see the previous doors and a hallway.
Inside surprisingly a few blocks of old Soviet fire alarms still intact.
A bell to ring for a guard on duty.
This place had sets of refrigerators for air conditioning of the nuclear arsenal. The equipment is gone.
Here traces of compressor seen cut off by looters.
And its control panel.
Shows the schematics of freon air conditioning machines.
Further they go and enter the main arsenal chambers where nuclear warheads were stored. This round area on the floor were used by trollies to turn, and trollies were used to carry the warheads. They went on rails that you can see on the floor too.
Here is another crane that dude still didn’t get his hands on. It has a motor to move the crane and a winch to raise things from the ground.
Here is another storage chamber, it’s on the second floor.
It’s empty. No nuclear warheads were found.
Here you can see that round part that used to turn trollies around by rotating rails. Ingenious way to turn rails without having much space for a smooth turn.
It could handle 10 tons of weight.
Next planned maintance date: 1993. Probably never happened!
Electric boots to work with high voltage.
More hallways, some floors were destroyed by looters in search of copper wire.
Thru the broken window they saw something interesting.
It’s a Soviet diesel generator.
It’s just a part of it.
Thing is destroyed by looters.
Here should be a engine itself – it’s missing.
Here is a tank for hydraulics oil. The green arrow shows the level of the tank as its connected to a float inside of the tank.
Another tank, now with water.
Some unknown gadgets.
One more air conditioner room. This model is back from 1956.
The sign says “by-pass” – it’s sort of a back up conditioning in case of something wrong with main system. Conditioner itself is missing of course.
Their control panels.
Everything is taken away from inside of those shelves.
Some smaller parts are still intact.
And a valve for that “by pass” air conditioning.
And that’s basically it! Probably you know have more or less an idea how Soviet nuclear warhead storage looked like. Nothing fancy, all very functional, but destroyed now. However there probably some more still working scattered around Russia. Thanks for the photos goes to Starcom – his website is below: